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
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White Sox stun Yankees on 2-out walk-off
Scherzer dominates on mound and at plate
Go, Adrian! Beltre blast in 9th topples Tribe
Joc, Kenta KO Halos, knot Freeway Series
Votto making final #ASGWorthy push
Springer wows, but A's make grand splash
Miggy's blast rallies Tigers after KC's big 1st
Contending clubs could execute early trades
Early offense all O's need in win vs. Blue Jays
Ichi-pro! Vet's pinch-hit finds hole, sinks Mets
Lupica: 4 of a kind -- ace club exclusive
Springer dazzles with sick four-star catch
2017 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker
ALL-STAR VOTE: Time running out
Quintana rebounding -- now it's Rodon's turn
Decisions loom as All-Star voting nears end
See them now:'s Top 100 Prospects
Mahtook's amazing catch robs KC's Perez
Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball
Storms hit Fenway Park on Tuesday and produced some amazing skies
Joe Blogs: Talking homers and whiffs
Puig's one-game suspension rescinded
Dominant Cobb carries no-no into 7th
Nats run past Cubs: 4 SB's served on Trea
This Japanese league closer rode in from the bullpen atop a sweet sports car
Big chill: The Freeze blazes path to stardom
Hwang headed to Majors to join Giants
Four home runs lift Reds to win over Brewers
Ross sparkles in bounceback, stymies Tribe
Jays' Sanchez makes rehab start, could return soon
Back in 3 hole, Cutch comes through in clutch
Cramp forces LeMahieu to leave game early
Rays blow lead to Bucs in 9th, win it in 10th
Altuve goes from rejection to perennial All-Star
Pride Night a big hit at Chase Field
Allen's one pitch overshadows Clevinger's gem
Giants top Draft pick Ramos eager to advance
A little Reds fan somehow made a foul ball catch among a sea of adults
Giants likely to be in unfamiliar role as sellers
MLB's fastest baserunners by position
3 potential Yanks-Mets trades that make sense
Rays sign two-way standout McKay
Butera impressed by softball pitcher's riser
Adam Jones broke his necklace on a swing and caused a mini-delay
Archer, others encourage kids in RBI program
Source: Cards agree to deal with Hurst
Gsellman pulls up lame, strains hamstring
Seager (hamstring) moves well in agility tests
Called up with Starlin on DL, Wade debuts
Source: D-backs reach deal with Ellis
Stanton looking forward to fun of Miami Derby
Urias undergoes season-ending surgery
Watch a very well-behaved Golden Retriever bring some MiLB umpires fresh bottles of water
Braun, Villar activated from disabled list
Bochy: Pregame stretch report 'a non-story'
Colon will get opportunity to prove himself
Smyly suffers setback, sim game scratched
Hendricks throwing, targets post-break return
DL stint for Finnegan may be 'inevitable'
Dodgers surge to top spot in Power Rankings
V-Mart eyeing return tonight against Royals
Source: Nats, K-Rod agree on Minors deal
Cashner set to rejoin Rangers, start series finale
Hechavarria drives in 2, flashes mitt in debut
Blue Jays designate Grilli, activate Carrera
Top HS Draft prospects in action at Tournament of Stars
Indians place Jackson on DL with quad strain
MLB.TV: Watch every night on every device
Sprint Speed metric now tracks baserunners
Managers Postgame: Girardi on Castro's injury


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