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The more I research Wyatt Earp the more respect I have for this amazing man. He was involved in so many firsts that it is amazing. He spent his life on the line between legal and illegal and would bend the rules everyday of his life but he never did anything illegal. Other than stealing a horse when he was a very young man and after his father bailed him out of jail in Iowa, told his son to head west and told Wyatt to never look back and never return to Iowa.
He loved his wife Josie and was with her for 47 years until his death in 1929 at the age of 81. Josie suffered from a gambling addiction so Wyatt and Josie traveled the country looking to strike it rich in anyway they could. Wyatt was 16 years older than Josie but I guess the excitement was what they both needed. It is no wonder why after the life Wyatt lived as a lawman in Dodge City and Tombstone that Wyatt and Josie needed excitement. Not only was Wyatt Earp a great lawman. He was also a polished boxer and refereed many professional bar knuckle fights in the towns that he was a lawman.
One of the strangest boxing matches in the history of the sport took place at Mechanics Pavilion in San Francisco, California on the night of December 2, 1896. Fifteen thousand fight fans crowded in the huge hall, occupying all available seats and flooding the aisles while a thirty-two piece band belted out “Sweet Rosie O’Grady,” the song that had become the mainstay at all boxing matches, probably due to the fact that most professional boxers of the time were of Irish decent.
Some of the men who couldn’t find seats climbed to the rafters and hung on precariously in order to get a better view of the up-coming heavyweight boxing match. The sportswriters were seated in a box high above the floor instead of their usual place at ringside. More than five thousand disgruntled ticket seekers were turned away from the box office. Most of them milled around outside until police were forced to clear the street for traffic.
Zeke Crandall Author & Historian
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