He began his career as a spy on a hospital roof in Japan more about that later. After graduating from high school at the top of his class, Moe went to Princeton, an unusual accomplishment for a poor Jewish boy in the s. Wanting to study experimental phonetics at the Sorbonne but unable to afford graduate study overseas, Berg accepted a contract to play shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was Moe who inspired a professional scout to coin the immortal baseball phrase, "Good field, no hit.
By the time Aaron retired, he and his brother held the record for most career home runs by a pair of siblings They were also the first siblings to appear in a League Championship Series as teammates.
Aaron grew up in a poor family. He would create his own bats and balls out of materials he found on the streets. Like most high schools they did not have organized baseball, and so he played outfield and third base for the Mobile Black Bearsa semipro team.
Although he batted cross-handed i. As a result, inat the age of fifteen, Aaron had his first tryout with an MLB franchise, the Brooklyn Dodgers ; however, he did not make the team. During his junior yearAaron first joined the Pritchett Athletics,  followed by the Mobile Black Bearsan independent Negro league team.
Years later, Aaron remembered: I had the Giants' contract in my hand. But the Braves offered fifty dollars a month more.
His team was in Washington, D. We had breakfast while we were waiting for the rain to stop, and I can still envision sitting with the Clowns in a restaurant behind Griffith Stadium and hearing them break all the plates in the kitchen after we finished eating.
What a horrible sound. Even as a kid, the irony of it hit me: If dogs had eaten off those plates, they'd have washed them.
Playing in the infieldAaron continued to develop as a ballplayer and made the Northern League's All-Star team. By the end of the season, he had performed so well that the league made him the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year.
Aaron led the league in runshitsdoubles 36RBItotal basesand batting average. He was one of the first African Americans to play in the league.
When Aaron traveled around Jacksonville, Floridaand the surrounding areas, he was often separated from his team because of Jim Crow laws.
In most circumstances, the team was responsible for arranging housing and meals for its players, but Aaron often had to make his own arrangements.
Former Braves minor league player and sportswriter Pat Jordan said, "Aaron gave [Geraghty] much of the credit for his own swift rise to stardom.
The night they met, Lucas decided to attend the Braves' game. Aaron singled, doubled, and hit a home run in the game. On October 6, Aaron and Lucas married.
Mickey Owenthe team's manager, helped Aaron with his batting stance. Up to that time, Aaron hit most pitches to left field or center field, but after working with Owen, Aaron was able to hit the ball more effectively all over the field.
Aaron had not played well at second base, but Owen had noted that Aaron could catch fly balls and throw the ball well from the outfield to the infield.
Though the Korean War was over, people were still being drafted. The Braves were able to speak to the draft board, making the case that Aaron could be the player to integrate the Southern Association the following season with the Atlanta Crackers.
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He retired in after becoming diagnosed with ALS. Moe Berg’s life proves the adage that "truth is often stranger than fiction." One of the best educated, intellectually accomplished and patriotic Jewish athletes in the history of American sports, Berg got his start in baseball in , at the age of four, playing catch with the beat policeman in front of his father’s Newark, NJ, pharmacy.
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He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in , shortly after his retirement, and he was the first baseball player to have his number (4) retired. Born Heinrich Ludwig (Henry Louis) Gehrig in New York City to poor German immigrants, he was the only one of four children to survive to adulthood.
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