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
About David Baldwin
Baseball Paradoxes
Dave's Numbers
Major-league baseball photo gallery
Contact Dave Baldwin


6th Tense: Kershaw. Cubs. Wrigley. Clinch?
How to attack Kershaw? Cubs must be aggressive
Bill Murray rocked Cubs gear to White House
New approach against lefties big key for Hendricks
Start times set for World Series
Get AL champs gear at
Kershaw's new angle may prove handy in G6
Indians consider Salazar for World Series start
Bauer confident he'll be ready to pitch in WS
Heyward should start Game 6 in right field
Vote for Best Manager, Exec in MLB Awards
Leitch: Get ready for a very Wrigley weekend
Miocic loves championship fight in his Indians
Chalk artist creates 'Rally Together' Indians mural
Watch World Series games on MLB.TV
No place like home: World Series drought will end
Pitch perfect: Rest of NLCS could feature best
Lucky No. 7? Cubs 0-6 since '45 in potential NLCS clinchers
Hendricks excited, but mindset won't change Updated Top 100 Prospects list
Evenly matched NLCS set for fascinating finish
Tale of the Tape: Kershaw, Hendricks rematch
'Designated yo-yo' Zobrist an asset for Cubs
Perez earns praise from Tribe's pitchers
Da-ble feature: Bears, Cubs ... oh my
Ross' storybook career nearing its end
Howell takes role as mentor seriously
Tribe's Zimmer flaunts terrific tools in Fall League win
LeBron's lead: Tribe continues Cleveland's renaissance
Diaz notches pair of hits from leadoff spot in Fall League win
Reyes to return to Mets for 2017 season
Cosart has bone spurs removed from elbow
Draft prospects on display at WWBA World Championship
Al-2-D: Altuve to appear as cartoon character
Dad means the World to Indians' Tomlin
Tigers hire McClendon as hitting coach
Marlette, Ciuffo power Peoria to victory
Cubs are 1 Wrigley W shy of historic WS
Russell mania! Cub's HR breaks tie in 6th
Good Baez, Hollywood: 2B a hit, not hurt
Wedding crashers: Fans purchase gifts for Merritt
Vin Scully surprised Dodgers fans at NLCS Game 5 with his classic catchphrase
Matt Szczur's bat and underwear, yes, underwear have helped get the Cubs' offense going
Hargrove has stuck with Tribe through thick and thin
Jason Kipnis says the 2016 Indians are worthy of a movie (and Channing Tatum should play him)
Indians to host World Series Game 1 on the same night the Cavs get their NBA championship rings
VOTE: MLB Awards honor game's best


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


Jim French tagging out Bobby MurcerMax 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  a link to his artwork. Thanks for visiting.

Baseball Memoir by Dave Baldwin, Snake Jazz