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


Sale boatload: Sox ace in elite 300-K club
Cubs, Brewers to lay it all on the table in series
Today's starting lineups: Sept. 21
Spot clinched, Red Sox still seek AL East title
Dress for October: Get postseason gear
After 7 years, Gale ecstatic for first HR
Battle for NL Central heats up on MLB.TV
On 26-1 run, Tribe nearing MLB's top record
Polite on his feet: Didi apologizes for HR
Postseason Picture: If the season ended today
Lupica: Astros on mission, bringing joy
Road to the Postseason: Sept. 21
Crew can't draw even in WC chase; Cubs up next
Rays' WC chase alive; Cubs slowed in Central
Explaining possible postseason tiebreakers
Judge's 45th HR helps Yanks sweep Twins
Stanton launches No. 56 to pad Marlins' rout
Peacock wins 12th in Astros' 6th straight victory
Moustakas' 37th homer sets new Royals record
D-backs win HR battle to trim magic number
Andrelton Simmons made yet another amazing play ... after bobbling an easy popup
LA falters late in Philly to put clinch on hold
Young fan injured after being hit by ball in Bronx
Nats score 6 in 8th to gain in home-field race
Manfred says Seattle 'in mix' for future ASG
Players' hearts in PR during Hurricane Maria
Red Sox sweep O's, secure playoff berth
Cards hit 3 early HRs, cut WC deficit to 2 1/2
Rox shut out by Giants, keep 1-game WC lead
Tribal leader? MLB's best record in reach
Odor, Rangers slam M's, gain in AL WC race
Red Sox first team to sign player from Tibet
Rangers gaining ground in AL Wild Card race
Good pals Felix Hernandez and Adrian Beltre mocked each other after Beltre grounded out
D-backs set up to have Greinke start WC Game
Judge hits HR No. 45 as young Yanks rake
Packed field for Esurance Best Fan Catch
Three-HR game puts Renfroe in record book
Bradley joins in the D-backs' fun on offense
After three strong innings, Felix faces trouble
Nelson expected to miss 'a chunk' of 2018
Scioscia isn't worried about Petit's rare hiccup
Perfectionist Weaver wins MLB-best 7th straight
Stripling, LA's 'pen dealing with rough stretch
Counsell goes all-in with 'pen, bench vs. Bucs
Rays score in variety of ways to down Cubs
Gurriel gives Astros' lineup potent depth
Turner's power, speed from leadoff earn raves
Maddon: 'Unfamiliar' outing from Lester
An Orioles fan with a birthday sign got creative when he realized Manny Machado wasn't playing
Despite getting swept in NY, Twins look ahead
Rockies hit stumbling block but still control fate
Big flies back Urena as Marlins sweep Mets
Brantley shut down, no timetable for return
Semien provides offense as A's sweep Tigers
Blue Jays, Estrada agree on 1-year extension


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