The Catcher Was a Spy
Born in 1902, Moe
Berg was a catcher for five teams during his 15
year career that spanned from 1923 to 1939. Berg
only hit a .243 in his career, but was unlike
any ball player that has ever taken the field.
He was a master of 12 languages and graduated
from Princeton University and Columbia Law School.
In addition, he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne.
He was also a spy for the United States government
before and during World War II.
This document, issued to Berg by the OSS (the
precursor to the CIA) was for his most important
and perilous mission: the capture of head Nazi
nuclear scientist Werner Heisenberg.