several languages and was known to read up to ten newspapers a day. Fellow ball
players always kidded around about him being the smartest and strangest player
in the majors.
Some of our baseball teams would travel to Asia and Europe playing expedition games in a variety of countries. Several Asian countries, including China, now have great baseball players. What no one knew except for a few people in the CIA was that Moe was a spy for the United States. Because they were often given a variety of tours during their stay in the different countries, Moe would conduct reconnaissance taking pictures everywhere he was allowed and also not allowed as he got on the roofs of many buildings to get shots of the layout in different cities. He’d ask questions of
unknowing cab drivers and tour directors to gain information for him to take back. This is why he could speak so many languages (I believe 11), so he could more effectively do his job.
Moe was great at what he did as no one knew what he was doing until well after he left the majors and his CIA operations were no longer classified. After all he did for our country the CIA retired him and Moe spent the last twenty years of his life pretty much poor and living with siblings. Not a great way for an amazing man to go out.