Today begins the All-Star Break for Major League Baseball. Today is also the day of baseball’s Home Run Derby. I’m guessing some of those hitters wouldn’t mind a little extra luck during the competition. From 1970 - 1999 luck was delivered to baseball players and teams in the person of Morganna Roberts.
Morganna, the “Kissing Bandit,” was famous for running out onto baseball fields and kissing the players. Her first kiss was delivered, on a “dirty double dare,” to Pete Rose. As time went on, her “resume” read like an All-Star lineup: Johnny Bench; Nolan Ryan; George Brett; Don Mattingly; Steve Garvey; Cal Ripken Jr. Morganna even claimed to have All-Star numbers of her own. “I’m 60-23-39. Those are my baseball stats.”
An incident at Houston’s Astrodome, where Morganna was charged with criminal trespassing, led to an interesting argument by her defense attorney. “We won the case on the gravity defense,” she said. “I just leaned over the fence and gravity took its toll… Who’s gonna argue with Isaac Newton?”
Here’s Morganna on an episode of To Tell the Truth.
Major League Baseball both embraced and admonished her. She was arrested on trespassing charges about 20 times but also asked to participate in the TV special “Baseball’s All-Star Comedy Classic ’88.” How did players react to being kissed? Nolan Ryan knelt down in anticipation of her arrival while Steve Garvey made a dash in the opposite direction. For the “Kissing Bandit,” it was all in fun.
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