Berg, Moe, 1902-1972

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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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referencedIn All American Star-Team Japan tour photograph album : photograph album, 1934. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Rubin, Hyman. Hyman Rubin papers, 1923-1972. Milwaukee Jewish Historical Society
referencedIn [Player File : Berg, Morris, 1923- / compiled by the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, N.Y.]. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
creatorOf Berg, Moe, 1902-1972. Moe Berg papers, 1922-1975. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Moe Berg papers, 1922-1975 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Papers of Morris "Moe" Berg : 1921-1973. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
creatorOf Moe Berg Medal of Freedom, papers, undated, 1946; 2009 American Jewish Historical Society
referencedIn Declassified OSS file on Morris 'Moe' Berg : typescript, [1943-1947]. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Berg, Samuel. Dr. Samuel Berg collection, 1916-1990. Newark Public Library, Main Library
creatorOf Berg, Moe, 1902-1972. Moe Berg collection, 1937-2007. Princeton University Library
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associatedWith Berg, Ethel person
associatedWith Berg, Ethel. person
associatedWith Berg, Moe. person
associatedWith Berg, Samuel. person
associatedWith Casey, William J. person
associatedWith Comiskey, Charles A. person
associatedWith Dix, Howard person
associatedWith Goudsmit, Samuel A. (Samuel Abraham), 1902-1978. person
associatedWith Office of Strategic Services (Washington, DC) corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University. Class of 1923. corporateBody
associatedWith Quinn, William W. person
associatedWith Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979. person
associatedWith Rubin, Hyman. person
associatedWith Weigle, Jean J person
associatedWith Weigle, Jean J. person
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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
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Spies
Linguists
Baseball players
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Birth 1902-03-02

Death 1972-05-30

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