The Spy Behind Home Plate

California Film Institute

Aviva Kempner (The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) delivers the first feature documentary to tell the true story of Morris "Moe" Berg, the brilliant and enigmatic Jewish baseball player turned spy. Berg caught and fielded in five different major league teams during baseball's "golden age" in the 1920s and 30s. But few know that Berg, often called the brainiest man in baseball, also worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), spying in Europe and playing a prominent role in America's efforts to undermine the German atomic bomb program during World War II. Enriched by interviews and archival footage, Berg's exciting life story can decidedly be filed under "stranger than fiction.' Writer/Producer/Director: Aviva Kempner. (US 2019) 98 min.

This is what SF/Arts curator Sura Wood has to say about The Spy Behind Home Plate :

In his latest doc, Aviva Kempner (“The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg”) recounts the hard-to-believe-it’s-true story of Morris “Moe” Berg, a brainy, mysterious Jewish baseball player who was a member of several major league teams during the sport’s Golden Age in the 1920s and ’30s. Few knew that off the field he led a secret life as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which was attempting to thwart Germany’s atomic bomb program.

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Jun 07 → Jun 13
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Rafael Film Center
1118 4th St., San Rafael
Info: 415.552.5580
Venue: 454-1222
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