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


Spring in his step, Verlander forces Game 7
Just-win Verlander: Astros loving newest ace
Astros go with Morton for decisive showdown
Dress for October: Get postseason gear
George Springer's catch robbed Todd Frazier of extra bases and possibly saved the Astros season
Happy home? Astros can join history with another win
History of Game 7: Everything you need to know
Yankees' offense stalls vs. crafty Verlander
Justin Verlander's pitch was so good, Todd Frazier thought it was a ball and struck out swinging
Roberts proving Dodgers found right man for job
Glory days here again for Dodgers
Yanks confident giving ball to CC in Game 7
McCann, Altuve awaken Astros' offense
Postseason sked: World Series times set
For Astros, all arms on deck for Game 7
DYK? Records fall in raucous ALCS Game 6
MLB.TV Postseason Package available now
ALCS Game 6: Hinch postgame interview
Take a walk down postseason memory lane
Judge breaks up shutout with massive homer
Postseason Picture: Track the bracket
World Series on FOX: Tune-in, start times set
A's help replace 9-year-old fan's memorabilia
ALCS Game 6: Verlander postgame interview
Missed chances in fateful seventh sink Yanks
Yankees-Astros ALCS Game 6: In Real Life
WATCH: 'Houston's Fortune' details Astros' rise
First pitch glides in for NBA great Drexler
Bar raised on North Side, Cubs begin '18 prep
Murphy has microfracture surgery on right knee
Baker won't return as Nationals manager
Memories of '88 return with LA in World Series
Photo: Vin Scully enjoys Dodgers' big win
Kahnle a postseason force for Yankees
Passion for hitting fuels Martinez's success
Blue Jays' Zeuch puts up more zeros in second AFL start
Hollywood & Vines: LA wins NLCS at Wrigley!
Dodgers latest top seed to reach World Series
Trio grand! Hernandez has 3-HR, 7-RBI clincher
Tigers, Gardenhire finalize 3-year deal
The Dodgers, Tommy Lasorda and Vin Scully celebrate team's first pennant in nearly 30 years
Petricka undergoes surgery on right elbow
Cubs' Vosler comes up big with walk-off triple in AFL
Rox prepare prospects for Coors' challenges
Puig: "I want to be an owner of one bar'
Cubs proud of season as repeat quest ends
SF names Bell director of player personnel
Whoooo would show for Game 7? Ric Flair!
Cardinals' Knizner belts two homers in AFL
Inbox: How do Braves plan to navigate winter?
The B.O.A.R.D.: The Dodgers win the pennant
Brewers' Harrison homers twice, including slam, in AFL
Inbox: What will Cron's role be with Angels?
Turner, Taylor share NLCS MVP honors
Magic Johnson watched Enrique Hernandez's grand slam from Staples Center and had an amazing reaction
World cLAss! Epic NL title for Dodgers
A.J. Hinch 'feels horrible' for the Yankees and the fact a day off might affect their momentum
Dodgers 1st to earn home advantage for Series
WS berth one of Kershaw's 'best moments'
Cubs shouldn't hang their heads
DYK: Records toppled in NLCS Gm. 5 clincher
Despite NLCS loss, Cubs still set for future
After Enrique Hernandez hit his third home run, Yasiel Puig was scared to high-five him
Roberts, Dodgers seeing fruits of their labors
Game 5 broadcaster Ron Darling was the losing pitcher the last time the Dodgers won the pennant
LA pleased to beat 'incredibly talented' Cubs
Cubs salute Dodgers after falling in NLCS
Javier Baez fist-bumped Austin Barnes and looked super cool after striking out
Cora in mix for Sox manager, but no decision
Roberts encouraged by Seager's recovery
For 25th anniversary, 'Homer at the Bat' feted
Inbox: Will Cubs' Alzolay enter Top 100?


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