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SBD/March 3, 2011/People and Pop Culture
Revered Baseball Psychologist Harvey Dorfman Passes Away At Age Of 75
Published March 3, 2011
MAJOR LEAGUE IMPACT: ESPN.com's Jayson Stark noted though the headlines will say Dorfman "was a sports psychologist," he was "much more." Stark: "He was a mentor. He was a friend. He was a father figure to hundreds, maybe thousands, of players" (ESPN.com, 3/2). Among the players who have "credited Dorfman with assisting them" are Phillies P ROY HALLADAY and Nationals CF RICK ANKIEL (AP, 2/28). In New Jersey, David Hale notes Dorfman "mentored pitchers like" former MLBers GREG MADDUX and AL LEITER and Mets P MIKE PELFREY, but his impact on Halladay "may have been his most notable accomplishment" (ASBURY PARK PRESS, 3/2). Halladay: "I'm certain I would have never had the success I've had if it weren't for the time I've spent with him and the things I've learned from him." Halladay "handed out roughly 20 copies" of "The Mental Game of Baseball" during a minicamp for some Phillies pitchers in January (MLB.com, 3/1).