Books: Catcher in the Reich

MOE BERG: ATHLETE, SCHOLAR, SPY by LOUIS KAUFMAN, BARBARA FITZGERALD and TOM SEWELL 274 pages. Little, Brown. $7.95.

In the fall of 1934, as members of America's touring all-star baseball team arrived at Tokyo Station, crowds of Japanese fans began to cheer: "Banzai, Babe Ruth! Banzai, Lou Gehrig! Banzai, Jimmy Foxx! . . . Banzai, Moe Berg!"

Moe Berg?

It is astonishing that in a sport whose devoted followers can recall such trivia as Fenton Mole's lifetime batting average, the name Moe Berg seems all but forgotten. Casey Stengel called him "the strangest...

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