Craig Wagner, son of MLB pitcher, coach, and archival interviewee in The Spy Behind Home Plate, Charlie Wagner, had the opportunity to meet Moe Berg in 1970, and described the meeting as “quite an experience.”
“As I mentioned, I had the honor to meet Mr. Berg in Washington at the Shoreham Hotel. My Dad at the time, 1970, was the pitching coach for the Red Sox and my mother and I drove down to see him. They were playing the Senators. We were having breakfast and Moe Berg came over to our table to say hello. Quite an experience. You knew he was someone special even if you didn’t know anything about him.
It was because of Moe Berg in 1938 that my Dad made it to the big leagues. Joe Cronin,at the time, was the Red Sox manager and it was on this day that Cronin had to make a decision to keep my Dad in the minor leagues or take him with the big club to Boston. Berg said I’ll catch for you today Charles(Moe never called him Charlie) so you just pitch and do what I tell you.
A little time after the game, Moe came over to my Dad and said “Charles, you’re going North”….He made the club.
My Dad, absolutely loved Moe Berg and the feeling was mutual.”