Morganna’s Topheavy Legal Defense
People of a certain age may recall the exploits of Morganna the Kissing Bandit, the buxom blond who became famous in the 1980s for rushing the field at Major League Baseball games and planting a big one on various players.
I was reminded of her recently while reading The Underground Baseball Encyclopedia. What I didn’t know about her is that after one of her many arrests, she claimed that her, ummmm, physical assets led her against her will into a life of crime. This old Sports Illustrated piece explains her defense strategy:
Arrested in Houston in 1985 after running onto the field and kissing Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan and shortstop Dickie Thon, she successfully used a "gravity defense," claiming in court that physics caused her to fall over an Astrodome fence and onto the playing surface. "Who's gonna argue," she asked, "with Isaac Newton?"
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Since Morganna is retired, you’ll have to instead hope your next trip to a ballpark includes spotting one of these famous stadium vendors or a baseball icon like Robert “The Happy Heckler” Szasz.
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