Harvey Frommer: A Landscape Writing Artist

Connie Mack used lineup scorecard to signal his players in the field. My mind hardly ever sees Mack on the field without it.

Connie Mack used his lineup scorecard to signal his players to move in the field. Once that visual of Mack prevails in the mind, it’s hard to see him on the field in any other way.

The linked article by Harvey Frommer at Baseball Gurus.com is a beautiful job of what the best baseball landscape writing is all about. This author of thirty baseball books over the years takes landscape writing to a level it needs to be to bring readers directly into the moment of the subject. In this presentation of Opening Day at Yankee Stadium in the great year-to-be of 1927, Frommer’s words flow smoothly and evenly through facts, thoughts, impressions, and sensory observations that any of us could have known, learned and shared with each other, had we been “available” to have been there and found a ticket for an opening day game played in the original Yankee Stadium, on Tuesday, April 12, 1927, @ 3:30PM.

Enjoy the landscape. You may enjoy seeing the tall and thin Connie Mack walking onto the field at 3:25 PM in his dark business suit and starched high white collar. I’m assuming he also already carried a lineup scorecard card in his right hand, as he leisurely walked into pubic view. Frommer didn’t write anything about the lineup card, but my mind did, as soon as Frommer provided timely information as the sketch portion of the full moving portrait. As you read the article, watch your own mind do the same in some way. That’s what good landscape writers do. They seed plant the tree that grows almost instantly in our own imaginations.


Enjoy! ~ And please dry out, Houston!


eagle-0rangeBill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas






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