Berg, Moe, 1902-1972

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Birth 1902-03-02
Death 1972-05-30

Biographical notes:

Morris "Moe" Berg was a member of Princeton University's class of 1923 where he distinguished himself as a student and as an athlete, graduating magna cum laude and earning the title of captain of the baseball team his senior season. Following graduation Berg played major league baseball with a number of teams, finally retiring in 1939. During the Second World War he was an agent for the Office of Strategic Services, operating in Europe on projects investigating Nazi resistance in Yugoslavia and German rocket engineering. Moe Berg died in 1972.

From the description of Moe Berg collection, 1937-2007. (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 179291782

Morris (Moe) Berg (1902-1972) was an American baseball player, linguist, lawyer, and spy during World War II.

From the description of Moe Berg papers, 1922-1975. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122485330

From the guide to the Moe Berg papers, 1922-1975, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Moe Berg (1902-1972)

Moe Berg was a professional baseball catcher who played for 15 seasons in the American League with various teams from 1923-1939. In addition to his baseball skills, Berg was known as the "brainiest man in baseball," having graduated from Princeton University as well as Columbia Law School and was fluent in several languages. During World War II, Berg began a career as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services or OSS, which later became the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1946, the United States War Department nominated Berg for a Medal of Freedom, which he turned down.

From the guide to the Moe Berg Medal of Freedom, papers, undated, 1946; 2009, (American Jewish Historical Society)


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  • Baseball--United States
  • World War, 1939-1945--Participation, American
  • United States--Office of Strategic Services--Officials and employees
  • Medal of Freedom
  • Linguistics--Study and teaching
  • Baseball players
  • Baseball


  • Spies
  • Linguists
  • Baseball players


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