Thursday, October 12, 2017

Roy Boosey

Arthur Roy Boosey

May 7, 1885
Petrolia, Ontario, Canada

November 28, 1941
Detroit, MI

1904-05 D.U.R. - Detroit (Independent)
1904-05 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1905-06 Detroit General Electric (Independent)
1906-07 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1908-09 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1909-10 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1910-11 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1911-12 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1912-13 Detroit AC (Independent)
1913-14 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1914-15 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1915-16 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1916-17 Detroit YMCA (Independent)
1917-18 Detroit Rayls (Independent)
1918-19 Detroit Rayls (Independent)
1919-20 Detroit Rayls (Independent)
1920-21 Detroit Rayls (Independent)
1921-22 Detroit Rayls (Independent)
1922-23 Detroit Red Arrows (Independent)
1923-24 Detroit Red Arrows (Independent)
1924-25 Detroit Pulaski Post (Independent)
1925-26 Detroit Pulaski Post (ABL)

Born in Canada, Boosey was a well-known basketball player in Detroit. He played for many years with various teams, most notably the YMCA and the Rayls, before joining the Red Arrows and Pulaski Post. At the age of 40, he was with Pulaski Post when the team was a member of the ABL. Boosey was also an avid ping pong and handball player, and had a pre-basketball-game ritual of eating chili prior to tip off.

In 1941, Boosey was playing handball in a singles tournament at a Detroit YMCA when he fell over and died of a massive heart attack.

He was married to Marietta Ames in 1907 and they had a son and a daughter.

Detroit Free Press, February 3, 1911
Detroit Free Press, November 29, 1941



  1. Do you have any information on the 1916 and 1917-1918 Detroit Rayls? I have come across 2 Rayl's basketball Michigan Champion medallions

    1. I do not know much about them except they were active for many years in the Detroit area in the Detroit Basketball Association. I haven't looked at much that far back. At least not yet :)

      It sounds like you have a couple of nice historical pieces.