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


Vroom when it happens: Hamilton's huge run
Sale's 10-K streak ends; Red Sox rally to win
#ASGWorthy Rizzo stays hot with 2 homers
Fast start, Berrios secure Twins' sweep of O's
MLB wins League of the Year Award
Colon highlights daytime slate on MLB.TV
Ellsbury lands on DL after catch, crash into wall
VOTE: Pick this summer's All-Stars
3 in a row: Trio of HRs caps Bucs' comeback
Pujols homers; now just 3 shy of No. 600 mark
Castrovince: 10 of MLB's biggest club strengths
Thursday's Royals-Yanks matchup postponed
Braves bond over Mario Kart during rain delay
Jose Berrios struck out Caleb Joseph with a curveball that was pure sorcery
Leake dominates as Cards even series
Statcast of the Day: Rare homers in Houston
See them now:'s Top 100 Prospects
Greene lit: 17-year-old throws 102, may go No. 1
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MLB.TV: Watch every night on every device
Joe Blogs: Gose stories
Severino pins down KC with 8 shutout frames
Try as he might, the Phanatic just couldn't win this young Phillies fan's approval
Rockies ride seven-run inning in rout of Phils
Tigers' bats come alive late to top Astros
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Red Sox got really into some pregame soccer at Fenway
Rendon, Nats jump out early, cruise vs. M's
Ausmus earns save for Tigers' bullpen
Denard Span hit the Giants' 19th consecutive solo homer and then told his mom he loved her
Lowrie's 4-hit day, Gray's 11 K's top Marlins
The Yuli Gurriel rally wigs are as outstanding as you thought they'd be
Renfroe's 440-ft HR caps Padres' comeback
Can you tell which baseball terms these emojis represent?
Matheny ponders moving Fowler in lineup
Goins' slam powers Blue Jays past Crew
No 10 K's, but to Sale, win more important
D-backs hold off White Sox to seal sweep
Price endures rocky outing in rehab start
Let's watch a montage of Jose Abreu's first 100 homers, plus No. 101 from Wednesday
Souza's big bat boosts Rays past Angels
Travis has two hits, one smile in MLB debut
Cubs planning 'Anchorman' tribute road trip
The Astros have a perfect 'Game of Thrones' bobblehead planned for Chris 'Dragon' Devenski


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