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And you thought Bo Jackson was versatile: Moe Berg spent 16 years, on and off, as a major league catcher in the ’20s and ’30s, only to follow up his stint with more than a decade in clandestine service during and after World War II. (He was somewhat more durable than Bo, too.) As a ballplayer, his Mendoza-level output never earned him much regard from the five teams whose rosters he graced, but as a spy he was somewhat more productive: Footage Berg shot of Tokyo Bay while on a goodwill tour years prior might have aided the famous Doolittle Raid, and he gathered nuclear-weapons intelligence that proved invaluable during the postwar chill. Some 34 years after Berg’s death, the Jewish-American Hall of Fame is issuing him a commemorative medal, which will be unveiled at a ceremony featuring anecdotes from Berg biographer Vivian Grey and singer/songwriter Chuck Brodsky’s rendition of “Moe Berg: The Song.” Ask ’em what Moe knew at 1 p.m. at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. $20.(202) 393-7798. (Mike DeBonis)