Sore Losers: An inaugural ode to a good man forgotten by history, and a reflection on America's strange preference for tales of men who stew, smolder and stalk off

1890s photo of Annie Oakley by Noah Hamilton Rose, courtesy Denver Library

Some 145 years ago, a fifteen-year-old girl was invited to participate in a private shooting match with a famous marksman and vaudevillian named Frank Butler — ten years older and amused to be in a face-off with a…