Baseball player, spyDied when: 70 years 88 days (842 months)
Star Sign: Pisces
Morris Berg (March 2, 1902 – May 29, 1972) was an American catcher and coach in Major League Baseball, who later served as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.
Although he played 15 seasons in the major leagues, almost entirely for four American League teams, Berg was never more than an average player and was better known for being "the brainiest guy in baseball." Casey Stengel once described Berg as "the strangest man ever to play baseball".
A graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School, Berg spoke several languages and regularly read ten newspapers a day.
His reputation as an intellectual was fueled by his successful appearances as a contestant on the radio quiz show Information Please, in which he answered questions about the etymology of words and names from Greek and Latin, historical events in Europe and the Far East, and ongoing international conferences.
As a spy working for the government of the United States, Berg traveled to Yugoslavia to gather intelligence on resistance groups which the U.S. government was considering supporting.
He was sent on a mission to Italy, where he interviewed various physicists concerning the Nazi German nuclear program.After the war, Berg was occasionally employed by the OSS's successor, the Central Intelligence Agency.
By the mid-1950s, he was unemployed.During the last two decades of his life, he had no work and lived with various siblings.