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‘The Spy Behind Homeplate’ Reveals The Mysterious Life Of Major League Baseball Player Moe Berg

Major league baseball player Moe Berg lived a double-life during World War II.
Major league baseball player Moe Berg lived a double-life during World War II.
Credit Irwin Berg

Baseball player Moe Berg was not your typical jock. He played college ball at Princeton, and graduated with highest honors.

Then he completed law school at Columbia, while playing for the Chicago White Sox.

Moe Berg was fluent in 10 languages and socialized with diplomats while living in D.C., where he was a catcher for the Washington Senators. P

erhaps Moe Berg scored his greatest achievements in espionage, as a member of the O.S.S. during World War II. F

ilmmaker Aviva Kempner tells the story of this extraordinary figure in her new documentary, “The Spy Behind Home Plate.”

She talked with WABE’s City Lights host, Lois Reitzes about the film.