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Bat Masterson

Monday, April 21, 2014

William Barclay "Bat" Masterson was a real person (1853-1921). A gambler, a rambler, and a sweet-talking ladies man, he was also a buffalo hunter, army scout, U.S. Marshall, and lawman for several Western cities. He worked with Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, AZ, as a faro dealer in the early '80's.

Bat and Wyatt in Dodge City, 1876.

Gene Barry played a fictionalized version of Masterson from 1958-61. The half hour black and white show had more than 100 episodes.

Words and music by Bart Corwin & Havens Wray; Mike Stewart sang it.

Back when the West was very young
There lived a man named Masterson
He wore a cane and derby hat
They called him Bat, Bat Masterson.

A man of steel the stories say
But women's eyes all glanced his way
A gambler's game he always won
They called him Bat, Bat Masterson.

The trail that he blazed is still there
No one has come since to replace his name
And those with too ready a trigger forgot to figger
On his fighting cane.

So in the legends of the West
One name stands out from all the rest
The man who had the fastest gun
They called him Bat, Bat Masterson.
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