Thursday, May 26, 2022

The Moe Berg Baseball Card

 


Born in New York City on March 2, 1902, Morris “Moe” Berg  played 15 major league baseball seasons; playing with the Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Indians, the Boston Red Sox, and the Washington Senators

But Berg never advanced beyond playing backup catcher and substitute shortstop, and he always sat on the bench more than he played.

Moe was regarded as the brainiest ballplayer of all time

He read around 10 newspapers every day

He spoke many different languages

Casey Stengel once described Berg as "the strangest man ever to play baseball"

In 1926 Berg skipped spring training with the White Sox team in order to complete his first year at Columbia Law School. He later passed the NY bar exam. 

But in 1934, five years before he retired from baseball, Berg was picked to join the traveling American All-Star baseball team on a trip to Japan.

Fellow teammates and baseball fans wondered why a player like Berg was chosen for the All-Star team with the likes of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.

Moe was put on the team for one simple reason

He was a United States Government Spy

With the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, the United States was put into World War II. To do his part for the war effort, Berg accepted a position with Nelson Rockefeller's Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (OIAA) on January 5, 1942.

In late 1943, Berg was assigned to Project Larson, an OSS operation set up by OSS Chief of Special Projects John Shaheen. The stated purpose of the project was to kidnap Italian rocket and missile specialists in Italy and bring them to the U.S.

After the war, Moe Berg was awarded the Medal of Freedom, America's highest honor for a civilian in wartime.

But Berg refused to accept it because he couldn't tell people about his real life.

After his death, his sister accepted the Medal.

It now hangs in the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, Ohio.

Moe Berg's baseball card is the only card on display at the CIA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Berg died on May 29, 1972, at the age of 70, from injuries sustained in a fall at home. A nurse at the Belleville, New Jersey, hospital where he died recalled his final words as: "How did the Mets do today?" (They won.)  

By his request, his remains were cremated and spread over Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, Israel.

           
And now you know a little about Moe Berg, The Catcher Who Was A Spy



Sunday, March 20, 2022

Gardening Tips For Beginners

 


In the beginning, it's a good idea to start small when your gardening. A small area, only 25 or 30 feet square, is enough for about 30 plants. This will provide you with a chance to test your green thumb. If you like what you see you can always expand later.

Choose a good site for your new garden. Gardening should be done in an area that gets at least six hours of sunlight each day. Stay away from large trees that take up water and nutrients, and stay at least three feet away from fences or building

Understand that gardening is not a spotless hobby; you’re going to have to get some dirt under your fingernails.  First remove the grass, weeds, debris, and rocks. Next, you need to dig the spot up about one foot deep.  Level up the dirt and add compost or minerals if needed.  If your soil is too acidic, add lime; if it is too sandy, add peat moss.  Plants will thrive in neutral to acidic soil with a little added fertilizer.

If you’re planting seeds then plant the seed according to the directions on the package.  If choosing plants to plant, choose ones with green, healthy-looking leaves and stems with healthy-looking roots.  Put the smaller plants towards the front of the bed and larger ones in the back.  The key to a successful beginning in gardening is planting at the right time.  Make sure and wait until the frosts are over before planting.  If you are planting seeds the package will usually tell you exactly when you can plant them to achieve maximum growth.

Once you begin gardening, it is essential to make sure your plants receive enough water to grow. Hand watering works well if you only have a few plants. Sprinklers or sprinkler hoses may also be used. Watering is more effective during the cooler parts of the day. During the hottest days, plants will need watering about three times per week.

One of the most helpful things to add to a garden is mulch or compost.  Just a few inches of organic mulch will improve fertility and help the soil hold moisture.  Wood chips, grass clippings, leaves, manure, and pine needles are some things that can be used as mulch.  

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Sunday, January 2, 2022

PAPER NEVER FORGETS

 


If you want a perfect reminder with a perfect memory then think about this: 

PAPER NEVER FORGETS

So if you want a perfect memory WRITE IT DOWN ON PAPER.

If you want to solve a difficult problem, WRITE IT DOWN ON PAPER.

If you want to stick with a task until it is finished, WRITE IT DOWN ON PAPER.

If you want to stop a bad habit, WRITE IT DOWN ON PAPER.

If you want to develop a new habit, WRITE IT DOWN ON PAPER.

If you want the perfect reminder WRITE IT DOWN ON PAPER.

If you want to reach a goal WRITE IT DOWN ON PAPER.

The Value Of An Idea