Baseball Lifetime Memoir by Dave Baldwin, Snake Jazz
Dave Baldwin
Baseball Memoir by Dave Baldwin, Snake Jazz
About Snake Jazz, a major-league baseball memoir by Dave Baldwin
Introduction and excerpts of baseball memoir Snake Jazz by Dave Baldwin
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About David Baldwin
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Peavy reportedly returning to SF on 2-year deal
Scherzer would be finishing touch on impressive Dodgers offseason
LA acquires Grandal, prospects from Padres for Kemp
Oliver hosts holiday dinner for Arlington Urban Ministries
Padres land catcher Norris in deal with A's
City council rejects proposed Rays stadium search
Rox shut down Ynoa from winter ball to rest for spring
Angels send Long to Dodgers to complete Butera deal
Bolden, former first-round Draft pick of Angels, killed
Rockies targeting veteran righties for rotation
Andrus wins Sundberg Community Achievement Award
Trade sending Rollins to LA close to reaching finish line
Biggio wants Hall call for the fans, not himself
Kottaras to join White Sox with Minor League deal
Rehabbing Medlen joins Royals on 2-year deal
O's unsure if Wieters will be ready for Opening Day
Braves being patient as trade market shakes out
Japanese star righty Maeda reportedly will not be posted
Well-traveled Leiper assists young players in South Africa
Depth gives Twins options for No. 5 starter
Minors deals bring catcher Zarraga to Dodgers
Padres, Dodgers finalize Kemp trade
Potential Major League stars: 5 Cuban players to watch
Putting together the All-Cuban defector team
Holiday shopping: Hot deals still available for GMs
McGehee: Miami ready to face high expectations
Crowded 11-player trade features top young talent
Volquez agrees to 2-year deal with Royals
With future uncertain, Hamels keeps open mind
Source: Padres land big bat in Myers in 11-player swap


baseballBaseball was never meant to be taken seriously—if it were, we would play it with a javelin instead of a ball.
-- veteran pitcher Max Surkont


Joviality in the Washington ClubhouseMax said this back in mid-twentieth century before multimillion dollar contracts made baseball, like all other show business, serious business.  Dave Baldwin’s memoir Snake Jazz is about those days when few ballplayers were paid more than school teachers. Baseball was played because it was more fun than working for a living.  It was so much fun that players seeing the end of their careers looming before them became desperate to hang on as long as possible.  Snake Jazz tells of this looming, desperation, and hanging but does so with a Surkont-like viewpoint – it’s all just entertainment.

The baseball term snake jazz means “curvy pitches.”   A snake is a curveball, so by extension, the gaggle of pitches that behave similarly (screwball, slider, etc.) is called snake jazz.  A batter would slouch back to the bench after striking out and say, “Man, he didn’t throw me a fastball – just kept giving that snake jazz.”

This Snake Jazz site offers a brief summary of the book as well as a few excerpts.  You will also find Dave’s bio, a plethora of photos from his baseball career, and some carefully selected links, including links to his artwork and poetry.  Thanks for visiting.

Baseball Memoir by Dave Baldwin, Snake Jazz