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


After honoring friend, Dee delivers 1st homer
Indians win AL Central for 1st time since '07
100 Grand! Slam seals century mark for Cubs
With 5-run 9th, Yanks stun Jays, cut their WC lead
Tearful return: Emotional Marlins win
Red Sox magic number for AL East title now 1
Cardinals fall back in WC race with lopsided loss
Salazar looks 'really good' in bullpen session
Marlins honor Fernandez by wearing No. 16
Lupica: Our hearts break: RIP Jose
Postseason Picture: If season ended today
Nothing went as planned for Tribe -- except title
Yanks, Blue Jays clear benches twice
Kluber exits start with right groin tightness
2016 tiebreaker scenarios
To the races: 2016 MLB postseason schedule
With 2-run HR, Bryant passes 100 RBIs
Indians down Tigers to clinch AL Central
Benoit injures calf, Travis hurts shoulder Updated Top 100 Prospects list
Weaver departs start with back tightness
Villar's two HRs lift Brewers past Rangers
Diaz attends service for his friend Fernandez
Gurriel honors Fernandez, hangs No. 16 jersey
Cancer-free, Lambo returns to A's
High 5: D-backs slug to rout of Nationals
Yadier Molina couldn't keep from laughing after Matt Adams bobbled this catch
Jose Fernandez: A legacy of pure joy
Girardi hoping Tanaka can start Saturday
Mets, Marlins unite in remembering Jose
Harper day to day with injured left thumb
Fernandez tragedy brings echoes of Munson
Carpenter bothered by soreness in right finger
Matz sees doctor; season most likely over
Shields gets 1st win since July against Rays
Lucroy difference-maker for AL West champs
5 keys for Giants to secure a Wild Card spot
Cards climb rankings in pursuit of playoffs
Castellanos gets 3 instructional league ABs
Cruz hopes to play through nagging wrist pain
Blue Jays yet to name potential WC starter
Cubs leaning toward 11 pitchers in postseason
Jeffress turns in 1 1/3 scoreless frames in return
Francona thinks highly of 'rising star' Falvey
Former Brewers big part of Rangers' success
Sucre's surge an inspiration for Seattle's run
Baseball world mourns death of Fernandez
Sox poised for another fairy tale in Papi's last year
Sarah's Take: Dodgers show great resiliency
Twins reportedly to hire Falvey as president
Santana, Upton share AL Player of the Week
Freeman wins NL Player of the Week Award
Beloved star Fernandez dies in tragic accident
Fernandez fondly recalled by fellow Cubans
Vote: Young talent up for Best Rookie Award
Swing vote: MLB Awards balloting underway


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


Lee Carey as coach of Tucson High SchoolMax 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