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


Approach the stands? Judge rules at Fenway
LA's Seager ties Gallo for longest HR of '17
Franco's slam helps Phils win 5th straight
Bucs' Ngoepe MLB's 1st African player
MLB.TV: Watch every night on every device
Tebow finding his groove at the plate
Patient power: Thames shows elite discipline
Statcast of the Day: Paxton looks like an ace
Flaherty uses head to help O's score 2 runs
Teheran, 5-run 1st help Braves thump Mets
Lupica: With Jeter, look out for No. 2
Nats' big bats bring heat to chilly Colorado
Play Beat the Streak for a shot at $5.6 million
Mariners place Felix, Haniger on 10-day DL
Rua's slam caps 8-run 8th in win over Twins
Harrison, Bell homer as Bucs edge Cubs
See them now:'s Top 100 Prospects
Soreness, weather lead to more rest for Pedroia
Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball
Paxton blanks Tigers for 7 as Mariners roll
Joe Blogs: The return of Dallas
Brewers pound out 14 hits in sweep of Reds
Tale of the Tape: Robert vs. Moncada
Indians outpace Astros with clutch rallies
On wacky night, O's win in 11 on walk-off walk
A toast to Phil Coyne, the Pirates' 99-year-old usher celebrating his 81st year(!) on the job
Brantley's resurgence impressive by numbers
Francisco Lindor had some fun with his buddy Carlos Correa at second base
Gary Thorne narrated a fan trying to eat an always messy ice pop, then someone brought him one
Phils make it 5 in a row with win vs. Marlins
Hill's finger feels fine, but he needs more work
Trout thanks fans for MLB Award
Appeal dropped, Barnes' suspension begins
Leap Cog! Dive over C part of wild Jays W
Top 2-way talent adds intrigue to Draft class
Backed by bats, Quintana deals a sweep
Wednesday's Blue Jays-Cards game postponed
Miller to seek third opinion on ailing elbow
Go frame-by-frame with Coghlan's insane leap
Morse joins Giants as Span lands on DL
Thames exits with tight left hamstring
Gentleman Jim joins MLB Network
Ngoepe's development a Gift for MLB
Abreu exits with right hip flexor strain
Thames sets club record with 11th April HR
Girardi: Didi will return sometime next series
Dyson rejoins Rangers as return draws near
Frazier expects brief disabled list stint
Avila: Starting pitching, depth behind hot start
Report: Jeter, Jeb Bush close to buying Marlins
Maddon looking forward to Fenway return
Father of Carew's donor throws out first pitch
Statcast of the Day: Keuchel owns low zone
Altuve, Hernandez exit after outfield collision
Dodgers promote top prospect Bellinger
Bumgarner won't need surgery on shoulder
Judge's path to Majors began at Fenway
Bucs unveil 'Team of the Game' initiative
Morosi: M's shouldn't reverse course yet
Giants to miss Crawford for at least 2 days
Duffy can't let balk call 'slide' after tough start
Reddick pulls back homer, stunning Kipnis


Dave Baldwin is the only geneticist and only systems engineer ever to play major league baseball.  In Scientific American (May 2000), Steve Mirsky wrote, “Dave Baldwin… is surely the only person to publish in the Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington and to pitch for that town's team.” 

Dave BaldwinPro baseball career (1959 -1974)

  • Dave pitched for the Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers, and Chicago White Sox. These and other teams he played for are in the book Snake Jazz

Off Season

  • Dave earned a Ph.D. (genetics) and M.S. (systems engineering) at the University of Arizona.  Subsequently, he has been a researcher, engineer, professional artist, and contented retiree.

Stealing into the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Dave’s painting, “Fugue for the Pepper Players,” graces the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum and John Thorn’s book, Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Vuillard, 1998.

Science & Baseball

  • His articles have crept into the Harvard Business Review (July/August 2001) and American Scientist (May/June 2005) and other diverse journals.  Also, he contributed a chapter to Biomedical Engineering Principles in Sports (Hung and Pallus, eds., 2004).
  • In 2000 Dave spoke at the Science of Baseball Symposium sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  His esoteric topic was the decision processes of baseball managers.


  • He writes poetry under the name DGB Featherkile. Publication credits include: American Poetry Journal, Atlanta Review, Blue Unicorn, Concho River Review, Evansville Review, and The Lyric.  His book Limbic Hurly-Burly: Poems of Humor and Paradox has been published by Stillman & Hyla as a Kindle ebook on

Dave BaldwinOn the Air

  • He talked about baseball and higher education, or lack thereof, on the PBS “All Things Considered” radio program in 2006.
  • Dave appeared on the Scientific American podcast in March, 2007, to discuss his atypical career and the weird Japanese pitch, the gyroball.
  • He was interviewed on ESPN (“Outside the Lines”) in the spring, 2007, once again about the gyroball (a pitch Dave has never thrown).
  • On Comcast, and MLB telecasts, Dave discussed what the batter sees or not as the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. 


  • Dave belongs to the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA). 



Baseball sites:

Judy Van Sickle Johnson's baseball blog:

Engineering Professor Terry Bahill’s baseball web site:

Physicist Alan Nathan’s comprehensive Physics of Baseball web site

National Baseball Hall of Fame:

The baseball statistics goldmine of Retrosheet:

Society for American Baseball Research (SABR):

Gabriel Schechter’s baseball blog:

Jimmy Scott’s baseball blog:   

Other sites:

Greg Howell’s reflective blog:

Dave Baldwin’s art:

A description of Dr. Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset:

Four-time All-Star George Case (see Photo Gallery) made a historic documentary of American League players in 1939-1946.  For the DVD:

Steve Mirsky's podcast interview with Dave Baldwin

Steve Mirsky's column in Scientific American, about Dave Baldwin

Dave’s American Scientist cover article (with co-authors: A. Terry Bahill and Jayendran Venkateswaran) describing the pitch as seen by a hitter:

Linda Besse’s wildlife paintings:

Go Yachats


Baseball Memoir by Dave Baldwin, Snake Jazz