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Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, & Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan by Robert K. Fitts – The Washington Post

Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, & Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan by Robert K. Fitts – The Washington Post.

I talked about spies and Richard Sorge in spy only a couple of weeks ago. Then today I read an article by T Rees Shapiro in the Washington Post reviewing a book about another spy in Japan. The spy was Moe Berg. He was – incredibly – a member of an all-star American baseball team that toured Japan in 1934. That tour included Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. On the trip Moe Berg filmed Japanese installations with a movie camera.

He was not really all-star material. One teammate quipped that Berg could speak a dozen languages but could not hit in any of them.

This was all suspicion and supposition. But later he became a spy in the Office of Strategic Studies, the forerunner of the CIA. So I don’t think there’s much doubt about what he was doing in Japan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moe_Berg

picture from wikipedia

4 Comments

  1. niall

    I’m British so I like the original Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers. Kato would always attack him when he wasn’t expecting it! Great movies.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Panther

  2. Thanks Niall, yes I saw Johnny English, I liked him like Mr Bean. Did you see The Pink Panther? with french humor.

  3. niall

    Hi Carina. Yes it is unbelievable. Don’t forget to check out Johnny English and Johnny English Reborn for silly spy missions! And this year there will be a new Bourne movie The Bourne Legacy but without Matt Damon and a new James Bond movie.

  4. Thanks Niall, again very interesting and I think that to be a baseball player is a good cover for a spy, somehow you wouldn’t believe of a sportsman being a spy.

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