Morganna, the Kissing Bandit

Oh, Doctor! A 98-yard triple-reverse ties the score at 63-63! We have seen nothing but razzle-dazzle here today, three visits from Morganna, the Kissing Bandit, and the astonishing return of Jim Brown! — Keith Jackson, “Homer the Heretic”

A pop culture fixture of the 70s and 80s, Morganna, the Kissing Bandit (born Morganna Roberts) made her bones by rushing the field during baseball games and kissing the players. Starting with Charlie Hustle himself in 1971, Morganna gave ceremonious pecks to dozens of major league players, managers, umpires, and mascots. Here she is with George Brett:

Morganna was able to parlay her joie de vivre into a long, fruitful career that included talk show appearances, stand-up comedy, and even part-time ownership of the defunct minor league Utica Blue Sox. Her impressive “baseball stats”, specifically her 60-inch bust (for reference, Dolly Parton claims 40″) definitely didn’t hurt her career, and she even modeled for Playboy (NSFW).

Here she is on To Tell The Truth in 1978:

Morganna tossed in the towel in the 90s (though she apparently had a cameo in Kingpin), but she remains a hero to me. Between Morganna, Catfish Hunter, and Ten Cent Beer Night, baseball in the 70s was amazing.

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3 Responses to Morganna, the Kissing Bandit

  1. Bill J says:

    Morganna is awesome! She sparked up the sometimes slow game of baseball. She always put a smile on my face. It took guts to run on the baseball field, knowing you’d probably be locked up and charged with a crime. Can you imagine the security after 9/11… Morganna probably would have been shot!…lol…

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  3. Freddy33 says:

    Hey, Kitty Carlysle is in the Truth panel! She was in a panel show as the head of Kitty Carlysle on a future history Simpsons episode. Would be great to have a panel show themed post!

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