By Paul Edward V. Tan and Noel R. Dimatulac (2009)
Sweater McGinnis gave Walter Kelso a Harold Brown Yellow
Legged Mclean Hatch. Mr. Kelso bred the cock with his
Kelso hens and the offsprings (1/2 YLH x 1/2 Kelso)
proved to be excellent pit cocks. Subsequently, Doc Robinson
walked cocks for Mr. Kelso and acquired a Yellow-Legged,
Pea comb cock out of the Harold Brown Yellow Legged McLean
and Kelso hens, and gave the rooster to Cecil Davis, who
also walked roosters for Mr. Kelso and had access to Kelso's
Meanwhile, Cecil Davis bred this 1/2 YLH x 1/2
Kelso cock to five Out and Out Kelso hens resulting to
1/4 YLH x 3/4 Kelso offsprings. The slashers
produced from this mating were called the "Sweaters",
because the Hatch grandcock came from Sweater McGinnis.
The original Sweaters were bred by Ira Parks, a friend
of Cecil Davis, who is an excellent gamefowl breeder.
Ira Parks, Johnny Jumper (Ira's brother-in-law)
and Cecil Davis have friends and cocking partners in Mississippi
and Tennessee. These friends were able to acquire these
original Sweaters. Some maintained them in their purity
up to present, while others added infusions of other blood
to these original Sweaters.
Dark Red Sweater
Interestingly, Dolan Owens of Booneville, Mississippi
acquired some of the early Sweaters and bred then to come
uniformly dark, wine red and straight comb and white legged.
Light Hackled Sweater
Roy Brady, a famous breeder of Radios, who got some of
the original Sweaters, bred them with a Hatch and Radio
(Murphy Whitehackle x Johnny Jumper Kelso), resulting
to a "nick", which made the bloodline very
popular. Roy Brady Sweaters are typically orange-red to
light red in color, yellow legs and peacomb. However,
this line produces occasional green-legged offsprings
which are usually pullets.
The Roy Brady Sweaters landed in the hands of Sonny Ware,
Odis Chappel, Carol NeSmith and Browns of Mississipi.
Meanwhile, Sonny Ware bred this Roy Brady Sweaters with
the Radios resulting to Sweater-Radios that are pumpkin
in color, which made it very popular all over the cockfighting
world. On the other hand, Odis Chappel let a number of
friends, aside from Carol NeSmith to have his Sweaters,
thus the blood has been distributed widely in Central
Among those Alabama breeders now famous with the Sweaters
are Carol and Chris NeSmith of Blackwater Farms, Bruce
(Mr. Sweater) Barnett and Jerry Adkins and Jason Campbell
of Slick Lizard Gamefarm.
CARSON FARM was able to fortunately acquire through friendship,
a Jerry Adkins "5 time winner Sweater Cock"
#850 leg band (RIGHT OUT) and hens. In addition, Bruce
Barnett's Sweaters (LORN, Double Right, and others)
were also picked fresh from the pen by Mr. Sweater himself.
Furthermore, of course, the farm was also blessed to possess
the famous Carol NeSmith's Possum Sweater.
CARSON FARM has the Sweaters as its foundation line, when
blended with almost any blood (Kelso, Hatch, Roundhead,
Whitehackle, Claret), this bloodline makes the perfect
feathered gladiator recipe. Nevertheless, the best cross
is when blended with the Carl Davis Roundheads. They are
smart, high breaking fowls with multiple machine gun shuffles
on the ground and accurate and deliberate punches.
The Sweater is the bloodline which is closest to the heart
of CARSON FARM.
The "SWEATER" was named in honor of Mr.
SWEATER McGINNIS who died on December 19, 1959, while
handling a winning cock in the pit at Boxwood, Virginia.
The GREEN-LEGGED SWEATER originated from a green-legged
reject fowl (BLUEFACE HATCH) of Mr. TED McLEAN who was
blinded by a straight comb brother.
Mr. LUN GILMORE acquired the pea-comb green-legged
blueface hatch and bred it with its niece (daughter
of the straight-comb brother) with 1/2 Morgan Whitehackle
Blood from Mr. Heinie Mattheius.
Mr. SWEATER McGUINESS acquired these BLUEFACE HATCHES
and gave HAROLD BROWN one which was bred with the Boston
Roundhead. The progenies were line bred to the GREEN-LEGGED
ones which produced some YELLOW-LEGGED called "YELLOW-LEGGED
Mr. SWEATER McGINNIS gave some blood to CECIL DAVIS,
and IRA PARKS who bred it to the Out and Out Kelso hens.
CARSON FARM acquired these GREEN-LEGGED SWEATERS through
friendship from JERRY ADKINS of SLICK LIZARD GAMEFARM
in Nauvoo, Alabama.
JERRY ADKINS gifted CARSON FARM a multi-winner GREEN-LEGGED
SWEATER direct from his pen, together with GREEN-LEGGED
It produced YELLOW LEGGED STAGS and GREEN LEGGED PULLETS.
Through meticulous breeding and continous research,
CARSON FARM has produced GREEN LEGGED STAGS.
The GREEN-LEGGED SWATER is more aggressive than the
usual SWEATER and has "POWER". It is hard
hitting and has machine gun shuffles.
CARSON FARM is on the process of developing the bloodline
to be suitable for the long-knife type of fighting in