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EVERYDAY HERO: MOE BERG–FLAWS & ALL

November 1, 2014

JoeBadalphoto

As with the protagonists in all of my novels, my monthly EVERYDAY HEROES blog subjects do not leap tall buildings in a single bound. They are everyday people (or organizations, animals) who rise to the occasion when confronted with obstacles. They often risk their lives and/or their reputations to help others.

My subject this month is Moe Berg, who was a professional baseball player during the 1930s and 1940s. You might wonder why I would select a man who didn’t do much to distinguish himself on the playing field. In fact. another player once said of Berg, “He could speak seven languages but couldn’t hit in any of them.” I selected Berg because of his accomplishments off the field. He risked imprisonment and death as a spy while serving with the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of the CIA, during World War II.

Moe was no super-hero. He was just a man with flaws, but with guts and a love of country. It has always been individuals like Moe Berg who have made a difference in our lives. Without men and women like Moe Berg, our country would not be what it is.

You don’t need to be a super-athlete, weigh 300 pounds, or be seven feet tall to be an EVERYDAY HERO. You just need to love something or someone enough to risk all to make that something or someone safe. That’s how Moe felt about his country. Please see more about Moe Berg in the link below.

I hope you enjoy reading about Moe Berg, my EVERYDAY HERO this month. If you do, please pass this on and consider subscribing for free to this monthly blog. And, if you enjoy reading about real people who act heroically, consider reading one of my seven thrillers.

Thanks for your support.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moe_Berg

http://www.josephbadalbooks.com

badalbooks@gmail.com

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2014 10:41 pm

    I heard about Moe Berg before, but it seemed outlandish, in the “maybe so, maybe no” category of internet stories. But Joe has filled in all the blanks, dotted all the i’s, and crossed all the t’s. The importance of the photographic panorama of Tokyo provided by Moe Berg was that it helped to make the most of the “30 Seconds Over Tokyo”.

    It is said that many who go to war never make it back home, even though they live through it. In reading Moe Berg’s story, so well described here, one might conclude that between the game of baseball and the much more serious stuff of life, all afterward seemed mundane. Thanks for telling us the story of Moe Berg, giving life to a secret legend.
    hs 11/1/14

  2. November 2, 2014 5:33 am

    Once again, thank you Joe for bringing stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things to the surface. I think this human trait is the through-line to the best characterizations an author can develop. In reading about Moe Berg, one thought kept echoing in my head, he is a man who lived a life of Magnificent Mediocrity.

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