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The Babe, The Spy and the Empress of Japan

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Also among the American players was a journeyman catcher, Moe Berg of the Cleveland Indians. As he toured Japan, Berg carried a 16mm Bell and Howell movie camera, which he used to make brief films of important Japanese installations. Berg retired from baseball in 1939. During World War II he worked as an agent for the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the CIA.


American baseball players, support staff and family leave Chicago, bound for Vancouver and Yokohama for a “barnstorm” tour of Japan. That’s Moe Berg on the far left, his head poking over the shoulder of team manager Connie Mack.

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