March 16 – Amsterdam Birthday Ray Brooks & Ray Posipanka

Happy Birthday Ray Brooks – Amsterdam had its own version of the Brooks Brothers but they weren’t known for their suits or shirts. Instead, siblings Ray and Tony Brooks were both musicians who led popular bands that entertained folks in and around Amsterdam for many years. Meanwhile, their brother Jinx was …

Happy Birthday Ray Posipanka – The Yankee organization signed this Cleveland, Ohio native in 1945, when he was 18-years-old. He then kept his suitcase packed because he played in a dozen different minor league towns during his nine season playing career, which was interrupted by a two-year hitch in the Army. His stay in Amsterdam was the longest. He was the very good and popular starting third baseman for the Rugmakers in 1949 and again in 1951…


You can read the rest of my stories about both these talented gentlemen in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

One thought on “March 16 – Amsterdam Birthday Ray Brooks & Ray Posipanka

  1. I am a good friend of Rays son also named Ray. He lives here in Charlotte and how we met is I w as Chairman of the Mecklenburg county board of equalization which listens to appeals of citizens about property values and he an appraiser for the county.
    One day we got talking about where we were each from and it came out we were both from Amsterdam…Small world

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