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The Bandit Who Always Got Caught

A look back at the Kissing Bandit, Morganna.

She was the Bandit that always got caught.

Morganna was an iconic “entertainer” during the 1970’s and 80’s who would jump the barricades, run on the to field and plant a big smooch on an unsuspecting victim.

Morganna rushed the field on many occasions and kissed Major League Baseball players including Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, George Brett (twice), Steve Garvey, Len Barker and Cal Ripken Jr.She has been described as “baseball’s unofficial mascot” and “the grand dame of baseball”. She also crashed National Basketball Association games, where Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was one of her most notable victims.

Later she was an act for hire, turning the ruse into booked appearance.

Jon Terry from SRO Productions of Tulsa later booked Morganna as part of his stable of acts.  Check the link below for our interview with Jon where he talks about the history of touring acts, including Morganna’s place among the greats.

Jon Terry – History of Baseball Acts

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