Re: Visible women in baseball
My how times have changed for those old enough to remember. Twenty-five years ago it was pretty much this...
"Morganna the Kissing Bandit," an Ohio woman who spent more than two decades running onto big-league fields and kissing unsuspecting ballplayers, including George Brett during the 1979 All-Star Game in the Kingdome, is retired and turning down all interview requests these days.
"I just got sick of talking about myself and always being the center of attention. I loved it for the period of time I did it, don't get me wrong.
Doubling as an exotic dancer when she wasn't being an outlandish baseball fan, Morganna offered no regrets over her kissing exploits, which took her to nearly every big-league ballpark.
"I had a great time," she said. "All the fans were wonderful. All the players were wonderful. The road was wonderful. But I had just had enough."
She lives with her husband, Bill Cottrell, and three dogs in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio.
* Her first escapade onto the field--at the age of 17--was to kiss Pete Rose in 1971 at Riverfront Stadium and was a dare from her friend. In an interview, she reported that when she bussed Pete, all he could say was, "You crazy *****n' broad!" He called her the next day to apologize for his language. Regarding Rose, she said, "I tell people my career started with a bet, and Pete's ended with one."
* One of her early conquests was Frank Howard. When she reached up to smooch the 6 foot 7 inch slugger, her miniskirt rode up, resulting in significant "southern exposure".
* At the first attempted night game by the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, on August 8, 1988, she attempted to kiss Ryne Sandberg, but Chicago's finest nailed her first. Nonetheless, Sandberg knocked the next pitch out of the park, to thunderous applause. Unfortunately, the game, like her sprint, ended up a washout.
Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.