Edward Woodbury was born in Bucyrus, Ohio. In his early years, he was an all-around athlete and had a choice between college and professional baseball. He chose college.Back to Hall of Fame
Ed served in the Army Infantry Division and visited North Africa, Italy, Germany and France. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
A retired U.S. patent examiner, he prosecuted a patent application for an "Elbow Brace of Bowlers" that resulted in Patent No. 4,504,054 being granted to its inventors, Pete Jackson and Berlin Myers of Myers' Pro Shop.
Ed first bowled as a high school senior and bowled one year in college. He was a member of the championship team of the first American High School Bowling Congress' National Team Tournament, but was denied awards since the "Caucasian only" policy was still in effect at the American Bowling Congress. A notation of these events can be found at the National Bowling Hall of Fame & Museum in St. Louis.
He began bowling in the Washington City Tenpin Bowling Association in 1957. Over the years he has organized many squads, teams and individuals for various tournaments, including the NCABA Championships, Virginia State, ABC Tournament, Championship Bowling Classic, NBA Regional, NBA National, NBA Brunswick and Rhodman Classics, and the Petersen, Hamtramck and Hochstadter Classics. In 1981 he received the Greater Washington Bowling Senate's Outstanding Squad Organizer Award.
Ed reigned as the National Bowling Association "national king" in 1985, and with the help of his bowling friends raised $11,600 for the charity fundraiser of the King contest.
Ed has served on the board of directors for both the Washington City Tenpin Bowling Association and the Greater Washington Bowling Senate. He also has held numerous league officer positions.
His highest average has been 195, and his best sanctioned scores in this area are a 279 game and a 689 series.
For his numerous contributions on and off the lanes to a game he so dearly loves, Edward Woodbury is being justly rewarded with induction into the NCABA Hall of Fame.