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.