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Moe Berg

Knowledge Identifier: +Moe_Berg


Moe Berg

American catcher and coach in Major League Baseball who later served as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. Although he played 15 seasons in the major leagues, almost entirely for four American League teams, Berg was never more than an average player, usually used as a backup catcher, and was better known for being [GUI]the brainiest guy in baseball[GUI] than for anything he accomplished in the game add

Category: Sport

Born in 1902.

Countries: United States (21%), (16%), Illinois (11%)

Main connections: World War II, Walter Johnson, International League

Linked to: Princeton University, Boston Red Sox, Central Intelligence Agency, Cleveland Indians




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Moe Berg was born in 1902 add something


In 1906, Bernard Berg bought a pharmacy in West Newark add something


In 1910 the Berg family moved again, to the Roseville section of Newark add something


In 1918, at the age of 16, Berg graduated from Barringer High School add something


In 1919 he transferred to Princeton University, and never again mentioned that he attended NYU for a year, presenting himself exclusively as a Princeton man add something


In January 1924, instead of heading back to New York and getting himself into shape for the upcoming baseball season, Berg toured Italy and Switzerland add something


On August 19, 1924 Berg was loaned to the Toledo Mud Hens, a poor team ravaged by injuries add something


By April 1925, he was starting to show promise as a hitter with the Reading Keystones of the International League add something


The 1926 season began with Berg informing the White Sox that he would skip spring training and the first two months of the season to complete his first year of law school at Columbia University, and Berg did not join the White Sox until May 28 add something


Despite White Sox owner Charles Comiskey offering him more money to come to spring training, Berg declined, and informed the White Sox that he would be reporting late for the 1927 season add something


Noel Dowling, a professor to whom Berg explained his situation, told Berg to take extra classes in the fall, and said that he would arrange with the dean a leave of absence from law school the following year, 1928 add something


To prepare for the 1928 season, Berg went up to a lumber camp in New York's Adirondack Mountains three weeks before reporting to the White Sox spring training facility in Shreveport, Louisiana, Louisiana add something


The hard labor did wonders for him, as he reported to spring training on March 2, 1928 in excellent shape add something


At law school, Berg failed Evidence and did not graduate with the class of 1929, but he did pass the New York State bar exam add something


He was back in the starting lineup on May 23, 1930, but his knee would not allow him to play every day add something


The Cleveland Indians picked him up on April 2, 1931 when Chicago put him on waivers, but he played in only 10 games with 13 at bats and only 1 hit for the entire season add something


Indians manager Walter Johnson, who had managed Berg in 1932, offered Berg the reserve catching job add something


On April 22, Berg made an error, his first fielding mistake since 1932—an American League record of 117 consecutive errorless games add something


Retired ballplayer Herb Hunter arranged for three players, Berg, Lefty O'Doul and Ted Lyons, to go to Japan to teach baseball seminars at Japanese universities during the winter of 1932 add something


On October 22, 1932, the group of three players began their circuit of Meiji, Waseda, Rikkyo, Todai , Hosei, and Keio universities, the members of the Tokyo Big Six University League add something


Cliff Bolton, the Senators' starting catcher in 1933, demanded more money in add something


Despite his desire to go back to Japan, Berg reported to the Senators training camp on February 26, 1933 in Biloxi, Mississippi add something


On November 29, 1934, while the rest of the team was playing in Omiya, Berg went to Saint Luke's Hospital in Tsukiji, ostensibly to visit the daughter of American ambassador Joseph Grew add something


After his playing career ended, Berg was a Red Sox coach in 1940 and 1941 add something


With the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, the United States was thrust into World War II add something


During the summer of 1942, Berg screened the footage he shot of Tokyo Bay for intelligence officers of the United States military add something


To do his part for the war effort, Berg accepted a position with Nelson Rockefeller's Office of Inter-American Affairs on January 5, 1942 add something


From August 1942 until February 1943, Berg was on assignment in the Caribbean and South America add something


In late 1943, Berg was assigned to Project Larson, an OSS operation set up by OSS Chief of Special Projects John Shaheen add something


Berg, along with several other OIAA agents, left in June 1943 because they thought South America posed little threat to the United States, and they wanted to be someplace where their talents would be put to better use add something


From May 1944 to mid-December, Berg hopped around Europe interviewing physicists and trying to convince several to leave Europe and work in America add something


Berg returned to the United States on April 25, 1945, and resigned from the Strategic Services Unit, the successor to the OSS, in August add something


In 1946, former Chicago White Sox teammate Ted Lyons was the new manager of the White Sox, and offered Berg a coaching position add something


In 1951, Berg begged the CIA to send him to Israel add something


Still, in 1952 Berg was hired by the CIA to use his old contacts from World War II to gather information about the Soviet atomic science add something


Berg received many requests to write his memoirs, but turned them down; he almost wrote them in 1960, but he quit after the co-writer assigned to him confused him with Moe Howard of the Three Stooges add something

Moe Berg died in 1972 add something


Moe Berg died on May 29, 1972, at age 70, from injuries sustained in a fall at home add something


Kurt Willinger wrote a novel based on Moe Berg, copyrighted in 1995, titled "The Spy in a Catcher's Mask" add something


Rick Wilber has a story in the April/May 2012 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction that presents a lightly altered history of Berg's spying activities for the OSS in 1944 add something


Berg makes an appearance again in the March 2013 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction in the story by Kristine Kathryn Rush "Uncertainty" add something


In July 2015, Berg was the subject of an ESPN 30 for 30 Short, Spyball add something


In April 2016, it was announced that American actor Paul Rudd will portray Berg in an upcoming biographical drama film called "The Catcher Was a Spy", based on the book of the same name add something


In 2017, Moe Berg will be the subject of a new film by documentarian Aviva Kempner add something


The film will be directed by Ben Lewin and is likely to be released in 2017 add something


In 2018, Moe Berg will be the subject of a new film by documentarian Aviva Kempner add something


The film is directed by Ben Lewin and received its world premiere on January 19, 2018, at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival add something


Berg is the subject of a documentary film by Aviva Kempner, to be released in 2019 add something