The Spy Behind Home Plate


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Jul 19, 2019 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Jul 20, 2019 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Jul 21, 2019 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Jul 23, 2019 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Jul 24, 2019 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2019
Run Time:101 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Aviva Kempner


Aviva Kempner’s “The Spy Behind Home Plate” is the first feature-length documentary to tell the real story of Morris “Moe” Berg, the enigmatic and brilliant Jewish baseball player turned spy. Berg caught and fielded in the major leagues during baseball’s Golden Age in the 1920s and 1930s. But very few people know that Berg 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 WWII.

“The Spy Behind Home Plate” reveals the life of this unknown Jewish hero through rare historical footage and photographs as well as revealing interviews with an All-Star roster of celebrities and other individuals from the worlds of sports, spycraft, and history.

Berg was selected by the OSS for a mission to interview top Italian physicists to assess their knowledge of the German bomb program. He was also involved in missions to undermine the German bomb program.

Berg may have had only a .243 batting average during his 15-year major league career, but it was the stats he collected for the OSS that made him a most valuable player to his country during World War II.

“This is one of the best films of the year and one of the great documentaries of recent years.” — Jeffrey Lyons, Lyons Den Radio

“Entertaining and inspiring. The whole family can not only enjoy but remember.” — Dan Schlossberg, Forbes

“Gripping. ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Captain America’ may dominate the domestic box office, but for the story of a real patriotic hero, look no further than ‘The Spy Behind Home Plate’.” — Nick Schager, The Daily Beast