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Old 05-10-2018, 10:57 PM
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Default New Movie: The Catcher Was a Spy

I just found out about this today. They finally made a movie about the most interesting athlete of all time, Moe Berg! He spied on the Japanese while barnstorming with the Babe and other legends. After his 15 year baseball career, he spied on the Germans.

Can't wait! Here's the trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o3w8GsIDKk

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An awesome card in the 1933 Goudey set.
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Movie title? Horrible. Movie itself? Looks very good!
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Many years ago, I always made it a point to ask Berg's living teammates about him when visiting with them or sending out autograph requests. Nearly every player would be inspired to reply with their take on him. From my recollection, the author of the biography claimed that most of Berg's baseball colleagues were too bumpkin/jock to understand or accept him. The replies I received from those who actually knew Berg and roomed with him painted a different picture. They might not have understood the man, but were definitely in absolute awe of him!
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Movie title? Horrible. Movie itself? Looks very good!
They didnít make the name up. Itís the name of the book that the screenplay was adapted from.
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This pretty much is going to be a must-see for me. I like a good period piece. And how many movies about vintage baseball are there? Not too many. I have a bad feeling though by the looks of the trailer that they are going to give Berg the Hollywood makeover and get a ton of things wrong. Right off the bat I don't think Berg was much of a ladies man. After reading the book you get the impression that he radiated a certain weirdness but he was comfortably ensconced inside the bell curve in the trailer. Looks like they're wearing double-knits instead of baggy flannels too.
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It's been noted that Moe spoke seven languages, but couldn't hit in any of them.
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I'll have to see this. It's right up my alley. Great cast, too. I'm a big fan of Paul Giamatti.
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Many years ago, I always made it a point to ask Berg's living teammates about him when visiting with them or sending out autograph requests. Nearly every player would be inspired to reply with their take on him. From my recollection, the author of the biography claimed that most of Berg's baseball colleagues were too bumpkin/jock to understand or accept him. The replies I received from those who actually knew Berg and roomed with him painted a different picture. They might not have understood the man, but were definitely in absolute awe of him!
Odd, my first exposure to Berg was an old paper back biography called "Athlete, Scholar, Spy" and it talked about how he was almost universally admired by his peers, especially Ruth. This had a lot to do with why such a mediocre player was invited on All-Star tours of Japan in the first place.
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I read that book...the catcher was a spy...I really enjoyed it and I look forward to the movie!
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