Bat Masterson

The western adventure BAT MASTERSON/NBC/1959-61 starred Gene Barry as “Bat” Masterson, a well dressed gambler who sported a derby hat and gold-topped cane (that hid a sword). Bat rode a horse named Stardust.


During his travels in the Southwest, Bat Masterson had many careers, including a gambler, frontiersman, buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, army scout, prospector and US Marshal of Dodge City.

When he wasn’t working, or playing in a poker game, Bat found time to romance the ladies and to help those in need.

A debonair charmer, Bat preferred to use his wits rather than a gun, but if need be, he knew how to use one effectively to subdue the bad guys. But more often, Masterson would “bat” wrongdoers over the head with his cane.

Theme Song Lyrics

Back when the West was very young
There lived a man named Masterson
He wore a cane and derby hat
They called him Bat, Bat Masterson.

A man of steel the stories say
But women’s eyes all glanced his way
A gambler’s game he always won
They called him Bat, Bat Masterson.

The trail that he blazed is still there
No one has come since to replace his name
And those with too ready a trigger forgot to figger
On his fighting fame.

So in the legends of the West
One name stands out from all the rest
The man who had the fastest gun
They called him Bat, Bat Masterson

Note: William Barclay “Bat” Masterson (1853-1921) was a gambler, frontiersman and US Marshal of Dodge City in the late 19th century. Before his death, the real W.B. Masterson spent his days as a sportswriter in the city of New York.

The origin of the name “Bat” has two stories. One says, it was derived from his birth name  Bartholemew Masterson, which later changed to William Barclay Masterson.

Another story states “”It was as a hunter he won his name of ‘Bat’, which descended to him, as it were, from Baptiste Brown, or ‘Old Bat’, whose fame as a mighty nimrod was flung all across, from the Missouri River to the Spanish Peaks, and filled with admiration that generation of plainsmen which immediately preceded Masterson upon the Western stage.”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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