By Ron Snyder, Jmore
In baseball terms, Morris "Moe" Berg would best be described as a journeyman player. A New York native and son of Jewish immigrants, he played for five Major League Baseball teams between 1923 and 1939, with a lifetime batting average of just .243.
The enigmatic Berg's career would generally not attract much attention, but his overall story is far from typical. In addition to his baseball career, Berg worked for the Office of Strategic Services – predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency – spying in Europe and playing a prominent role in America's efforts to undermine the Nazis' nuclear ambitions during World War II.
Berg's life is now the subject of a new documentary, "The Spy Behind Home Plate," by award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner. A Washington, D.C., resident, Kempner will present "The Spy Behind Home Plate" July 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the historic Parkway Theatre.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Irwin Berg