The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: Season 3, Episode 19

The Manly Art (21 Jan. 1958)

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A boxing promoter comes to Dodge City challenging men to fight "Champ" Starbuck for money. Local businessman Moresby is willing to pay the promoter $500 if the "Champ" fights Earp and severely injures him while a youngster wants a chance.



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Episode cast overview:
Frank Burroughs
Mason Alan Dinehart ...
Ron Hagerthy ...
Bob Fitzsimmons
Ed Hinton ...


A boxing promoter brings "Champ" Starbuck to Dodge City to fight all callers. Stay in the ring with him for one round to win $100 ($10 to enter) or win $1000 if you beat him. While listening to the promoter talk, Masterson and Earp tell a small but interested young man to stay out of the ring or risk being disfigured. Unknown to everyone local businessman Moresby has promised the promoter $500 if the "Champ" fights Earp and severely injures or kills him. The day of the promotion several men fight the "Champ" but Earp declines at Bat's urging even after being goaded by everyone. Moresby convinces the promoter to stay one more day even though the financial reward has been poor. The next day the young man has the $10 and wins a round. Fearing a loss the promoter gives the "Champ" brass knuckles causing him to break the young man's ribs. The man tells Earp the "Champ" cheated. Earp takes over and in the end he and Bat learn the name of the young challenger. Written by Anonymous

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Later in life Bat Masterson covered boxing as a columnist for over 20 years and once handled a fight involving Bob Fitzsimmons in Mexico along the Texas border. See more »

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