Edward G. “Eddie” Elias (December 12, 1928 – November 15, 1998) was best known as the founder of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA).
Elias grew up in the Akron, Ohio area, attended West High School, The University of Akron, Western Reserve Law School (now part of Case Western Reserve University). Elias was active in numerous sports during his high school and college years, including baseball and basketball.
Although Elias was not a bowler himself, in 1958 he founded the Professional Bowlers Association with 33 founding members and turned the sport into one of the longest continuing sports series on network TV. He was elected to the PBA Hall of Fame in 1976 for Meritorious Service.
As an agent Elias, through his company Eddie Elias Enterprises, represented almost two dozen golfers in addition to basketball, football, bowling and auto racing stars, and numerous television personalities and sports commentators. The firms clients included golfers Chi Chi Rodriguez and Fuzzy Zoeller, bowlers Dick Weber and Don Carter, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, and television stars Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas.
He married Peggy Emerson Nov. 21, 1968 in NYC. Daughter Rainy Margaret was b. July 26, 1971. Daughter Annie Marlo was b. Dec. 25, 1974.
- Eddie Elias: PBA Founder Merchandised Sports, Corporate, TV Worlds, by Jane Richardson, ISBN 1-879403-17-X.
- Hall of Fame Bios at www.pba.com