Harvey Dorfman

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Harvey A. Dorfman (May 21, 1935 – February 28, 2011) was an American mental skills coach who worked in education and psychology as a teacher, counselor, coach, and consultant. Prior to becoming a mental skills coach, he lived in Manchester, Vermont where he wrote for a local paper, taught English, and coached basketball at Burr and Burton Academy.[1] He earned World Series rings by serving as a mental skills coach for the 1989 Oakland A's and the 1997 Florida Marlins. In 1999, Dorfman became a full-time consultant teaching the skills of sport psychology and staff development for the Scott Boras Corporation, an agency that represents professional baseball players.[2] A freelance journalist, Dorfman lectured at major universities and for corporations on psychology, self-enhancement, management strategies, and leadership training. He died on February 28, 2011.[3]

Acclaimed former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer was a client of Dorfman's, as was former Toronto Blue Jays and Phillies ace Roy Halladay. Moyer dedicated both his 2013 memoir and a planned pitching academy to his former counselor. "I learned so much from that man," Moyer said, "and to be able to use that knowledge for myself, I really believe I can help others go in the same direction."[4] Dorfman played a role in developing the field of sports mental health and was described as a "pioneering sports psychologist".[5]


  • The Mental ABC's of Pitching: A Handbook for Performance Enhancement, Diamond Communications (2000) ISBN 1-888698-29-2
  • The Mental Keys to Hitting: A Handbook of Strategies for Performance Enhancement, Diamond Communications (2001) ISBN 1-888698-38-1
  • The Mental Game of Baseball: A Guide to Peak Performance, with Karl Kuehl, Diamond Communications (1989,2002) ISBN 0-912083-32-8
  • Persuasion of My Days: An Anecdotal Memoir: The Early Years, Hamilton (2005) ISBN 0-7618-2980-6
  • Coaching the Mental Game: Leadership Philosophies and Strategies for Peak Performance in Sports and Everyday Life, foreword by Carlos Tosca, Taylor Trade (2005) ISBN 1-58979-011-1
  • Copying It Down: An Anecdotal Memoir: Sport as Art, Hamilton (2009) ISBN 978-0-7618-4755-7
  • Each Branch, Each Needle: An Anecdotal Memoir: The Final Stories, Hamilton (2010) ISBN 978-0-7618-5074-8


  1. ^ Greenfield, Karl Taro (February 10, 2009). "Stay in the Moment (with Dr. Baseball)". Men's Journal. Archived from the original on 30 December 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  2. ^ Alumnus of the Month: Harvey Dorfman: 1957/1961, State University of New York at Brockport.
  3. ^ Pioneering sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman dies at the age of 75, Associated Press, March 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Kepner, Tyler (14 September 2013). "EXTRA BASES The Giants' Pieces Remain, and Fall Apart". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  5. ^ M.L.B. Teams Nurture Players' Mental Health, The New York Times, 2011