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


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Puig's one-game suspension rescinded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


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


George Case with the Washington SenatorsMax 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