Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Dave Baldwin- Snake Jazz
I must say that I am envious of the career path Dave Baldwin has taken. He was born in gorgeous Tucson Arizona, and went on to play baseball for the Senators (66-69), the Brewers (70) and the White Sox (73). He played in the minors here and there, spending time with Hawaii!
Since Dave had not had enough excitement hanging out in beautiful areas, playing for legendary baseball teams, he went on to get a PhD in genetics and a MS in engineering! Mr. Baldwin has also done some painting and writing!
Dave says that these days, he doesn't have any favorites among current teams or players.
"When I was growing up in Tucson, AZ. in the 1940s, I was a Cleveland Indians fan since they took spring training in Tucson. They had a great pitching staff in those days."
"With the Senators I had the opportunity of playing for a great manager in Gil Hodges and a great player in Ted Williams. I have plenty of good memories about those seasons."
Dave never really played baseball in Kentucky, but according to baseballreference.com, he did play for Chattanooga, which is pretty close. Dave does say that a friend of his, "Steve Hamilton, was a basketball star at Morehead State Univ. in Kentucky. He played pro basketball and pitched (for the Yankees and other teams) for 12 years in the majors. He was famous for his pitch called the Folly Floater."
Concerning his art, Dave says he isn't painting much these days, but he is writing a lot. His memoir, Snake Jazz, has been published, and he is currently working on a novel.
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