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


J. Turner breaks wrist on HBP, out indefinitely
Decision day: Tough calls for all 30 clubs
Mark it down: These things will happen in 2018
Braves five-tool phenom Acuna sent down
Long-awaited rotation of Mets' Fab 5 in sight
MLB unveils '18 holiday, special event uniforms
Greinke officially out of running to start opener
'Back-to-back tour' begins for stacked Astros
Injury updates: Turner, Murphy, Ellsbury
Projected 2018 lineups, rotations for every team
These are the biggest upsets in baseball history
Kimbrel welcomed back after daughter's surgery
Quiz time! Can you match the MLB stars to the teams they played for?
'18 Player Preview: Dominate your fantasy draft
Parallels between A-Rod, Stanton hard to miss
Behind the scenes: Brewers' 'The Sandlot' clip
King Felix's strong Minors game bodes well
Hamels works on command of fastball
On his dad's 41st birthday, David Ross' son entertained the Cubs with some jokes
Lester shines in Opening Day tuneup
Cahill returns to A's on 1-year contract
Solving the puzzle of Jason Heyward's career
Rays to use Colome in traditional closer's role
Cole can't stop smiling following trade to Astros
Granderson might still be MLB's top teammate
Top prospects: Who's still up? Who got cut?
Kevin Gausman has a very unique way of scouting the AL East: His weather app
Duvall honored by Hooton Foundation
Wood honored to follow Kershaw in rotation
Hamilton isn't a lock to lead off
Gray puts it all together in lights-out start
Fulmer's gem leads top prospects
Reds send impressive Senzel to Minors camp
Yanks' jovial vibe reminds CC of 2009 squad
Cueto ready for season despite rough outing
'Very unlikely' Ellsbury ready by Opening Day
Arrieta to make Phils debut Thursday
McMahon continues push to make 25-man roster
Fulmer back on track for Tigers with 5 innings
Fulmer brimming with confidence
Locked-in Sanchez stellar against Braves
Nats close to ruling out Murphy for Opening Day
Competition for D-backs closer's role heating up
Altuve on deal: 'A very important day for me'
Cora: Surplus of starting-caliber talent a luxury
Scherzer gets third Opening Day nod for DC
Teheran to make 5th straight Opening Day start
Realmuto 'very confident' he'll be ready for OD


baseballBaseball was never meant to be taken seriously—if it were, we would play it with a javelin instead of a ball.
-- veteran pitcher Max Surkont


Washington Senators' bullpen in 1967.Max said this back in mid-twentieth century before multimillion dollar contracts made baseball, like all other show business, serious business.  Dave Baldwin’s memoir Snake Jazz is about those days when few ballplayers were paid more than school teachers. Baseball was played because it was more fun than working for a living.  It was so much fun that players seeing the end of their careers looming before them became desperate to hang on as long as possible.  Snake Jazz tells of this looming, desperation, and hanging but does so with a Surkont-like viewpoint – it’s all just entertainment.

The baseball term snake jazz means “curvy pitches.”   A snake is a curveball, so by extension, the gaggle of pitches that behave similarly (screwball, slider, etc.) is called snake jazz.  A batter would slouch back to the bench after striking out and say, “Man, he didn’t throw me a fastball – just kept giving that snake jazz.”

This Snake Jazz site offers a brief summary of the book as well as a few excerpts.  You will also find Dave’s bio, a plethora of photos from his baseball career, and some carefully selected links, including  a link to his artwork. Thanks for visiting.

Baseball Memoir by Dave Baldwin, Snake Jazz