Whose birthday do I note today?November 26, 2014
Bat (Bartholomew) Masterson, born November 26, 1853 in Henryville, Quebec.
In 1873, Masterson left home and began working as a buffalo hunter and Indian scout in Dodge City, Kansas. Over the next decade, he worked intermittently as the Ford County sheriff (1877-79) and a deputy U.S. marshal (1879), but largely made his living as a saloonkeeper and gambler.
Masterson spent his later years in New York City. In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him deputy U.S. marshal for the southern district of New York, a position that Masterson held until 1907. His enthusiasm for boxing and other sports led him to become a feature writer for Human Life Magazine, a sports writer, and eventually the sports editor of the New York Morning Telegraph. Biography.com
Generally thought of as an icon of the Old West, Masterson died in 1921. He suffered a heart attack at his desk in New York City where he was working as a journalist.