Award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner tells the real story of Moe Berg, major league baseball player turned spy. 

In this first ever feature-length documentary about the enigmatic Berg, Kempner again focuses her camera on a little-known Jewish hero. From the streets of Newark to five major league teams during baseball’s Golden Age to his secret life spying for the OSS during WWII…Berg’s improbable story is told with rare historical footage and revealing interviews with family and an All-Star roster from the worlds of history, sports and spy craft.

“The question The Spy Behind Home Plate poses is which is more amazing: the astonishing man whose story it tells, or the brilliance of the film itself. This is one of the best films of the year and one of the great documentaries of recent years.”

– Jeffrey Lyons, LYONS DEN RADIO

“The Spy Behind Home Plate is a triumph, a dazzling mosaic of stills and footage and talking heads who knew Moe Berg or wish they had. If there were a trophy for The Most Interesting Man in Baseball, Berg would have retired it for all time.”

– John Thorn, MLB official historian

 

“AN INCREDIBLE STORY.” “A HOME RUN!”

– Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

From the Blog

The Spy Behind Home Plate is a documentary about Moe Berg, an enigmatic Jewish catcher during baseball’s Golden Age who joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to spy for the U.S. on the Nazis’ atomic bomb program.

Happy Mother’s Day from The Ciesla Foundation

As the world welcomed a royal baby this week, we are reminded of another international baby delivery that was the impetus for an incredible spy mission.In 1934, Moe Berg was in Japan as a member of the U.S. all-star baseball team when the daughter of...

World Premiere Recap of The Spy Behind Home Plate

Aviva Kempner hit another home run last weekend with the world premiere of The Spy Behind Home Plate, the true story of Moe Berg, the Jewish major league baseball player turned spy. The documentary was the JxJ Washington Jewish Film Festival’s Spotlight...

A Birthday Mystery Finally Solved: Happy Birthday, Moe!

It’s only fitting that Moe Berg’s story was a mystery from the very start. Prior to the making of The Spy Behind Home Plate, all records listed his name as being born Morris Berg on March 2, 1902. During her research for the film, however, Aviva Kempner uncovered a...

Join Our Mailing List

Signup for the latest news and updates from the Ciesla Foundation.