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


Moncada, Rosario lead midseason Top 100 Prospects
Salvy, Moose HRs push KC's streak to six
Two more HRs from Stanton lift Marlins in Texas
Santana homers twice as Tribe rolls vs. Reds
Sources: Rangers leaning toward keeping Yu
Roberts won't give timetable for Kershaw
Royals deal for SD's Cahill, Maurer, Buchter
Sox ride Gonzalez, HRs to down Chi-Town rivals
MLB Buzz: Trade talk, deals and rumors
Leake, Cards' bullpen stifle Rox in opener
McCutchen playing like an MVP again
O's shut out slumping Rays in series opener
Devers thrilled to join Red Sox, eager to learn
Twins wrap deal with Braves for Garcia
Martin, Carrera, Goins power Jays over A's
CBA compensation FAQ: Deadline edition
Deadline countdown: 20 names, 20 predictions
See them now:'s Top 100 Prospects
Manny Machado showed off some insane range and soft hands to start a great double play
Players at EDI get expert instruction
Garcia deal brings Twins closer to postseason
Springer exits with left quad discomfort
TB's Ramos struck with broken bat, exits game
Rumor has it: Trade targets on Deadline frenzy
Watch out, LA and DC: The Cubs are surging
Watch Blake Wood strike out Michael Brantley with a gorgeous, knuckling splitter
Mariners set to enter trade mix for Gray?
Bour exits with right oblique strain
Another Phillies fan made an excellent one-handed catch on a foul ball to the stands
Keuchel, McHugh likely to start this weekend
Davis out for Orioles with stomach bug
Beede joins ranks of injured Giants prospects
Aybar may miss rest of season with broken foot
Liriano: 'I concentrate on what I can control'
Ichiro discusses Beltre's march to history
Pirates open to possible trade for outfielder
Alcides Escobar made a smooth play on a grounder and got some props from Omar Vizquel
LA adds Parades, Ravin, options Thompson
Blair likely for first turn in open rotation spot
Ian Desmond bought his teammates Rockies-themed shirts that were once sported by Tupac
Piscotty not yet ready to come off DL
Mariners sign Espinosa, option Motter
Blister forces Rangers' Ross to DL
Cutch is Bucs' shining star once again
Wheeler to DL with stress reaction in right arm
Swarzak notches long-awaited 1st career save
Padres get Strahm, Wood, prospect from KC
Braves acquire Huascar Ynoa in Garcia trade
At Deadline, Blue Jays looking ahead to 2018
Crew in Deadline mix, but won't 'overcorrect'
MiLB's new initiative: 'Es Divertido Ser Un Fan'
The best trade fits for Yu Darvish
Managers Postgame: Yost on streaking Royals


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