Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Smooching Outlaw

My parents signed me up for baseball when I was five or six years old.  I started in t-ball and played up to high school.  Never once did I think I was capable of playing in the pros... but I definitely dreamt about it.

I mean... what little kid didn't?  MLB players travel all over the country, drive nice cars, and get paid tons of money to play the sport they love.  And back in my youth... if you were really good, you might just get attacked by The Kissing Bandit.

If you watched sports in the 70's or 80's, then you know who I'm talking about.  And if you didn't... let me introduce you to Morgana:


Morgana was the sporting world's version of Dolly Parton.  As you can see from her trading card, her honkers were huge.  She became known for running out onto the diamond and kissing star players like George Brett and Cal Ripken Jr.

A few weeks ago, I watched a great ESPN documentary on her... which inspired me to pick up the 1990 Pucko Utica Blue Sox team set, which happens to contain The Kissing Bandit's rookie card (insert idiotic winking emoji).

Sadly the video isn't posted on YouTube... but I found a few highlight videos.  Enjoy.


Thanks for the mammaries, Morgana!  Happy Hump Day and sayonara!

12 comments:

  1. Awesome. I didn't know Morganna had a baseball card.

    I remember her well, mostly the uncomfortable silence from my mother as a highlight played of her running out onto the field.

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  2. I saw her show up in the Astrodome. I forgot who she kissed but she was a huge hit...tow of tham in fact.

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    1. I think it was Nolan Ryan now that I think about it.

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  3. "If you were really good, you might just get attacked by The Kissing Bandit."

    Nowadays I think players (good or otherwise) just get hot groupie 5ex from cute fans in the stands after the game. Especially if they're on the road and headed back to a hotel anyway.

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  4. Cool card. I watched the ESPN documentary also

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  5. You know you are old when you remember the "Kissing Bandit". Nice card.

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  6. Nice! I know her from an appearance on MTV's Rock N Jock celebrity softball game sometime around 90 or 91. I watched it several times back then (for some reason?)
    I believe her victim that day was Howard Johnson.

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  7. Whenever I see her now I think about her appearance in Kingpin at the end of the movie when Bill Murray as Big Ernie grabs her.

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  8. You guys can';t even do streaking right, she should be naked!

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  9. night owl - i didn't realize she had one either until a few weeks ago. after i watched the documentary, i went over to beckett and looked her up. figured it would be a cool oddball issue for my collection

    commish - that's awesome. went to a lot of games in the 80's, but can't say i ever had the privilege to see her in person. congratulations!

    zippy - lol... probably very true. remind me to share a story about my good friend and matt garza ;)

    mr. hoyle - love their documentaries. been watching a bunch the past few months.

    b-man - yeah. i'm sure there are teachers on my staff that don't know who she is

    defgav - ahh. those were the good old days when i still watched mtv.

    corky - i watched kingpin years ago, but don't remember her. might need to go back and watch it again just to see her.

    jj - gotta keep the blog pg rated just in case students find it ;)

    mj - you'll hear no complaints from this guy.

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