He played for five teams.
He spied for one country.
From Hank Greenberg to Moe Berg, the Ciesla Foundation scores with another film about
baseball, history, and heroism.
Award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner has another little known Jewish hero in her camera lens and is making the first feature-length documentary about Morris “Moe” Berg, an enigmatic baseball player turned spy.
Berg grew up in an immigrant Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey. He caught and fielded for five American baseball teams from the 1920s through 1939 during baseball’s Golden Age. Berg also had a secret life spying on the Japanese during his time with the All American team’s tour of Japan and later working for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. He played a prominent role in U.S. efforts to undermine the German atomic bomb program and is now remembered most as the catcher who was a spy. Berg is considered a hero especially to American Jews. Read more about Moe Berg.
Kempner’s film is currently in production with scheduled release during the 2019 baseball season. The film will feature rare historical footage as well as revealing interviews with celebrities and other individuals from the worlds of sports, espionage, history and more.
This new film will reveal why Casey Stengel, manager and player, called Moe Berg “the strangest man to ever play baseball.”