Batter, Catcher, Soldier, Spy
Baseball’s first Jewish superstar, the “gentlemanly” long-ball hitter Lip Pike, was among the earliest recognized professional ballplayers, receiving $20 a week in 1866. His kindred successor, Detroit slugger “Hammerin’ Hank” Greenberg, was a mainstay of the Tigers and an early volunteer for military duty in World War II. While Greenberg served in China, the mysterious and multi-lingual Moe Berg, a former American League catcher, parachuted into Yugoslavia and conducted intelligence operations in Europe for the Office of Strategic Services. These collectibles are from the first card set commemorating Jewish players.