Bat and Doc

Doc Holliday in Prescott

Masterson used a legal move to save Holliday’s life.

Doc Holliday probably owed his life to Bat Masterson. In May 1882, the Arizona governor sent an extradition request to hist Colorado counterpart. Doc Holliday was still wanted for his involvement in the Earp Vendetta Ride—and it was feared that if he returned to Tombstone, he would be sentenced to hang. Instead, Masterson arrested Holliday on trumped-up bunco charges and jailed him in Pueblo, Colorado. Bat then went to Governor Frederick Walker Pitkin and convinced him to deny the Arizona request. Doc Holliday went free.

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