Have you ever wondered why Bat Masterson always carried a cane?  It sure wasn’t because he thought it was classy.  It was because he needed it.

Back in 1876 Bat Masterson and a Sergeant King were both sparking a Molly Brennan.  Because Sergeant King felt Bat was getting the best of the deal, on this day King came after Bat and the two of them engaged in a shootout.

 Molly jumped in front of Bat to shield him and was killed.  Bat killed Sergeant King.  However, in the process Bat was wounded in the upper thigh.  And for the rest of his life he had a limp requiring the use of a cane.

There are those who say he was called “Bat” because he “batted” people over the head with his cane.

Filed under: Old West History

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