The Catcher Was a Spy

The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg

by Nicholas Dawidoff

New York: Pantheon Books, 1994

For Moe Berg, baseball was a way to live the life he wanted -- a life so private and personal that even his biographers can only guess at parts of it. In The Catcher Was a Spy Nicholas Dawidoff presents what he could find out -- being a professional spy, Moe didn't leave a lot of clues lying around. He didn't so much love the game of baseball as the lifestyle it provided: "Isn't this wonderful. Work three hours a day, travel around the country, and get paid for it." Moe Berg loved books, languages, sparkling conversation and privacy. He was a scholar, a professional ballplayer, and spy for the US Government; he could (and did) hang out with Albert Einstein and Casey Stengel.

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