Jeff was also the main foundation of the dogs known today as the Medlin dogs. In fact Medlin’s Grand Champion Outlaw and Tramp Red Boy were halfbrothers as both were sired by Jeff. Jeff also went on to prove himself to be a dead game dog in a battle lasting over two hours and forty minutes at the age of seven and a half years old. Red Boy was tooted as being a true Champion in his own right and declared game under the old traditions of the fraternity. It was stated that he had won numerous contests that remained unreported. One contest, and claim to fame, that was reported was when Red Boy was contested against the two time winner Cable’s Fang. It was early in March of 1975 that they would meet. Howard Teal provided the site for the event and spectators came from all over the east coast, from Florida to Canada, to witness the great event to follow. To make a long story short, Red Boy was declared the winner at 1:02 when the extremely weak and unstable Fang wondered into the neutral corner where he was counted out. It was rumored that Fang was one of those unbeatable dogs. It was not too long after this contest, while at another gathering all together, that J.R. Loposay stood up in a crowd and told the fancy that he had a female named Dolly that he would put against any male or female on at a weight between 49 or 50 pounds. Ron Bass hearing this stated that he would take that bet. He figured that Red Boy may not want to bite this female, but if she bit him, then he would surely kill her. He was right. Dolly came in hard and took hold. Forty-nine minutes later Red Boy had won his “second” contest. Mr.Bass was once asked why he did not take Red Boy out for more contests than he did and his reply was that he felt he was far too valuable as a stud dog to risk losing him. He was right again. Ron Bass was not a person who required a lot of attention or wanted to be in the spotlight, much of the notoriety awarded Red Boy came from others, and not directly from himself. It is interesting to note that the dog Cable’s Fang can be found within the breeding of Chavis’ Champion Jocko. The blending of the bloodlines of Red Boy and Jocko has been considered as some of the best breeding made of modern times. Also, interestingly enough, the same dogs found in the bottom side of Red Boy, such as Coon’s Jack and Mark & Lemm’s Dinah can also be found in the pedigree of Patrick’s Tombstone. There are other similarities between the line of Red Boy and Tombstone. For example, both trace back the breeding of Williams’ Cyclone and Williams’ Crazy Girl. Williams’ old Red Sandy dog can be found in both Red Boy and Tombstone, which will trace back to Earl Tudor’s old Black Demon and Colby’s Penny. As stated, this may explain the great success of the cross of these two bloodline with dogs such as Southern Kennels Grand Champion May Day that was voted DOY by the Sporting Dog Journal in 1996. May Day was bred by E.J. Hollingsworth. His pedigree prominently displays the heavy breeding of the Red Boy/Jocko lines crossed the Patrick bloodline. It is an undeniable fact that Bass’ Tramp Red Boy gained most of his popularity and recognition as a producer. Entire yards have been based on and built around his bloodline. The dogs of Ron Bass can be traced back to two main dogs: Tramp Red Boy and Bass’ Cleo. Cleo was bred by J.R. Loposay out of Loposay’s Cash and Loposay’s Bobbie. It is interesting to note that Loposay’s Eve – the dam to Loposay’s Cash – was a littermate sister to Loposay’s Dolly, the dog that Red Boy defeated in 49. These dogs too, can be traced back to the tight breeding of Colby’s Dime coming through the side with Bobbie and the work between Howard Teal and J.R. Loposay on the side with Loposay’s Cash.

Howard Teal and Loposay had been friends and associates for many years. The line breeding of the dogs produced by these two men, when inbred and line bred by Ron Bass and countless others, though the breeding of Red Boy and Cleo, produced some of the gamest and best producing dogs the sporting world has seen for many years. Although Red Boy himself, never produced a significant number of Champions, he did sire many deep game bulldogs. In the right hands many of them did earn their Championship titles: Jacob’s Champion Hog Dog, George’s Triple Ott Red – the dog that scratched blind – and Bailey’s Bingo, one of the tightest bred Red Boy dogs ever produced who won in 1:27 over Sumpter’s Champion Gator. When bred to Carolina Kitten’s Peaches, Bailey’s Bingo produced dogs as windy City Combine’s Deacon, Carolina Kitten’s dead game Champion Radar Man and Crenshaw’s Hunter Red. One of the most famous sons of Red Boy would be Fletcher Chavis’ Champion Yellow John, a well know producer of game dogs in his own right.

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He produced the four time winner STP’s Champion Toro, STP’s Grand Champion John Boy and Super Gnats’ Boots, who went an incredible four hours and fifty-two minutes for the win over Champion Competition. When Yellow John was bred to Tant’s Miss Jocko they produced STP’s Champion Sassy, Gainey’s Grand Champion Jr. – sire to Hell on Earth’s Champion Bumper – and of course, the legendary performer and producer Tant’s Grand Champion Yellow, the dog that was the first of what has been referred to as the 50/50 dogs or Red Boy/Jocko crosses. Yellow was a winner of six at a weight of fifty-two pounds in times ranging from thirty minutes to two hours and thirty-seven minutes. Yellow has sired a total of nine known Champions and two Grand Champions: Hardcore’s Champion Redman and Champion Bozack, World’s Champion James, Tant’s Champion Rocko, Dead End & Southern Kennels’s Champion Choice and Champion Dragon Lady, Crews’ Champion Outlaw, Havana Boys’ Grand Champion Rodney” and of course Southern Kennels’s Grand Champion May Day. Choice, Dragon Lady and May Day are all littermates whelped by Hollingsworth’s Dolly. Chavis’ Champion Jocko was a son of Jackson’s Hank and was a four time winner and known to be a rough stifle dog. The raw power of this line made for an excellent cross for the deep game, but often, softer mouthed Red Boy dogs. Some other great representatives of this cross are dogs like Ken Allen’s Grand Champion Zincer and Ratliff’s Daisy Mae. It seems that the bloodlines of Red Boy click very well with most of the quality strains. When Hunter Red was bred to Duprel’s Classy – a Rascal bred dog – theyt produced three great litter mates: Duprel’s Big Red, Crenshaw’s Miss Classy and Chiefs Champion Topper. Yankee Boy’s Champion Gambler – sired by Miret’s Bud and whelped by Norrod’s Judy – is an excellent example of the cross between the Red Boy and the old Red Devil bloodlines.

One of the most popular crosses appears to be the cross between the bloodlines of Red Boy and Crenshaw’s Jeep. One example is when Crenshaw’s Champion Jeep was bred to Marlowe’s Fanny – dam to Bailey’s Bingo – and they produced the great Miller’s Champion Cobra. Cobra won his first over Tim’s George in only 17, his second was over McCollum’s Digit in 48 minutes and his third over Mike’s Dozer in 30. Later, he went on to win over Julius’ Champion Mason in under 10. A litter mate brother to Cobra was Tom Cat’s Grand Champion Tank that defeated George’s Black Dog in 1:20, Pack’s Amos in 39, Andy’s Big Sport in 23, Ray’s Buck in 19 and Combs’ Jake in 30. When Cobra was bred to Ramrod’s Grand Champion Dutchess – Cummings’ breeding – they produced Champion Booger. Another outstanding example would be when Jeep was bred to Marlowe’s Tabby Girl. This breeding resulted in three fantastic litter mates: Locke’s Bliss, Ramrod’s Champion Tramp and Garrett’s Tab – better known as White’s Tab – who proved to be a phenomenal producer. I’m sure that if Red Boy had been owned by someone like Earl Tudor or Maurice Carver, his reputation as a producer would have compared only with dogs like Tudor’s Dibo or Colby’s Dime. Red Boy was indeed the modern day Dibo and would one day be remembered with as much favor and respect because there is no doubt concerning the significant impact Red Boy has played on the modern day American Pit Bull Terrier. There are many who have made great contributions in the preservation of the line: Katie Marlowe, Fletcher Chavis, David Tant, Frank Jacobs, Durant Cottingham, Michel George, are all names that have become synonymous with the Red Boy dogs. They all have owned, bred and raised some of the finest. Bass’ Tramp Red Boy passed away at a ripe old of 14 on October the 22nd, 1983. He left behind a legion of game warriors to carry on and continue to uphold and pass on his heritage of gameness and ability. To stand and scratch in the true form of the American Pit Bull Terrier and be the example and standard others must follow.

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