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Moe Berg Baseball Card

Circa 1939, OSS

Moe Berg—the major league baseball player, OSS operative and legendary linguist—was one of the most remarkable secret agents ever deployed by the US. Ivy League-educated and fluent in several languages, Moe Berg was not your typical pro ballplayer. Grateful to the country that had welcomed his Jewish immigrant parents, he volunteered as a spy when World War II broke out.

Whether authorized by the government as an atomic spy or choosing to surreptitiously film Tokyo of his own volition, Berg relished and accomplished his espionage operations. On one mission, he slipped into occupied Norway and discovered a Nazi nuclear weapons plant.

In Switzerland, Berg met with a top Nazi scientist, with orders to shoot him if Germany was close to building an atomic bomb. During his fifteen Major League seasons, Moe Berg played for such legendary teams as the White Sox, Red Sox, and Washington Senators. 

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