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Eddie Elias

Those who have tried to keep tabs on the mercurial career of Eddie Elias have found their task a difficult one. While attending Western Reserve Law school, from whence he graduated in 1955, the Akron native worked at WAKR and WEWS. An interview with bowlers Don Carter and Dick Hoover, in which they bemoaned the lack of professional bowling organization, led to the birth of the Professional Bowlers' Association (PBA), Under Elias' initial guidance, the PBA, headquartered in Akron, enjoyed an unprecedented growth - from three tournaments in 1959 to nearly 2,000 members who compete in 35 tournaments worth over $3,750,000. He was instrumental in bringing bowling's first $100,000 tournament, the Firestone Tournament of Champions to Akron. Elias has certainly helped make Akron the center for pro bowling and it is little wonder why he is referred to as the "father of pro bowling".

Inducted 1980 | Basketball