Bonus Episode: Wyatt Earp’s Low Blow

In Episode 8, you learned how Bob Fitzsimmons won the heavyweight championship on a sandbar in the Rio Grande.  In this bonus episode, learn how Fitzsimmons’ next fight cost the legendary Wyatt Earp his gun…and his reputation!

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Wyatt Earp in 1896, around the time of the fight
artist rendering of the Fitzsimmons-Maher fight

The Secret “Fight of the Century”–Episode 8

In 1896, the biggest sporting event in the nation was to be a fight for the heavyweight championship.  But its location was a secret!  Armed Soldiers from Mexico, Arizona, and the Texas Rangers had it stopped, until the “Law West of the Pecos,” Judge Roy Bean managed to take it international–sort of.  Learn about Texas ingenuity in Episode 8 of Wise About Texas.

Heavyweight champ Bob Fitzsimmons
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Legendary lawman Bat Masterson….no match for a Texas Ranger
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Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald…one riot, one ranger.
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The old Sanderson depot where Bat Masterson learned to behave himself
Judge Roy Bean, the law west of the Pecos
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The Fitzsimmons-Maher fight. On a sandbar in the Rio Grande.