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Friday, September 28, 2018 6:24 pm

Moe Berg, catcher who became a spy, gets an exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame

Moe Berg as a catcher for the Washington Senators, Sept. 6, 1933. Photo courtesy of Stanley Weston/Getty Images.

NEW YORK CITY (JTA) — Moe Berg is going into the Baseball Hall of Fame – as a spy, not a catcher.

The shrine to the national pastime in Cooperstown, New York, recently opened an exhibit on the Jewish player, who gained more attention for his espionage than a 15-year career in which he finished with a batting average of .243 and six home runs.

Berg, following his baseball days in the 1920s and ’30s, worked for the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS — a precursor to the CIA. He went on missions in then-Yugoslavia, where he tracked resistance groups, and Italy, where he interviewed physicists about the German nuclear program.

The Cooperstown exhibit, titled “Moe Berg: Big League Spy,” looks at his exploits in both worlds through baseball artifacts and wartime documents.

A New Yorker who spoke more than 10 languages (seven fluently) and graduated from Princeton, Berg was the subject of  the film “The Catcher Was a Spy,” released in June. Jewish actor Paul Rudd portrayed Berg, who died in 1972 at 70.

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