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    1910's-40's Moe Berg Personally Owned Books with Multiple Signatures. The old joke about Berg was "He can speak seven languages, but he can't hit in any of them." The Princeton-educated catcher batted .243 through fifteen seasons of Major League ball, but is best remembered today for his participation in the famous 1934 Baseball Tour of Japan. Glaringly mediocre in talents when compared to fellow Tourists Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, etc., Berg had actually been summoned by the United States government to act as a spy during this excursion, justifying his presence on a team of baseball immortals. Berg's unique place in baseball history has established him as one of the most collectible non-Hall of Famers, and here we encounter a most intriguing assortment of personally owned volumes. We begin with a childhood reader, "Selections from American Poetry," signed six times (5/10) on the cover, and again on interior rear cover. Joining the volume are nine pages of his Greek language homework, each bearing his personal stamp.

    The following volumes bear his personal stamp and various underlined passages and notations in his hand: The Japanese Spirit by Okakura-Yoshisaburo. The Great Spy Scandal by Donald Seaman. Now I'll Tell by Carolyn Rothstein (widow of Arnold Rothstein, architect of 1919 World Series scandal). Contact Mercury by Leonard H. Nason. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (10/10 blue ink signature on inside front cover). Books exhibit quite a bit of wear with occasional damage, but writing and signatures are unaffected. Finally, we have his 1938 unsigned 1099 tax form stamped by the offices of Major League Baseball. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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