March 10, 1923|
|Died||June 17, 2013
South Bend, Indiana
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||198 lb (90 kg)|
|High school||South Bend Central
(South Bend, Indiana)
|College||Purdue (1942–1943, 1946–1947)|
|BAA draft||1947 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|Position||Forward / Guard|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||800 (8.1 ppg)|
|Assists||177 (1.8 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Edwin S. "Bulbs" Ehlers (March 10, 1923 – June 17, 2013) was an American professional basketball player. Standing 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and weighing 198 pounds (90 kg), he played the forward and guard positions. Ehlers was drafted third overall in the 1947 Basketball Association of America Draft by the Boston Celtics, which was the first official NBA Draft ever held. In two seasons in the league, both with the Celtics, Ehlers averaged 8.1 points per game.
Prior to professional basketball, Ehlers had grown up in South Bend, Indiana and attended South Bend Central High School. While there, he played basketball for future Hall of Fame player and coach John Wooden. Ehlers then played basketball, football, and baseball at Purdue University.
Aside from being the Celtics' first ever draft pick, the National Football League's Chicago Bears selected him in the 31st round (293rd overall) in the 1947 NFL Draft. The New York Yankees of Major League Baseball also drafted him. He spent five seasons playing minor league baseball: three seasons with the Yankees and two with the Chicago Cubs. He spent the majority of his career at the AAA level, playing for such teams as the Kansas City Blues, Newark Bears and the Springfield Cubs.
Bulbs Ehlers was the father of NFL player Tom Ehlers; his granddaughters, Emily and Jessica played intercollegiate volleyball at Purdue University and Campbell University respectively. His grandson, Scott Dreisbach, played football at the University of Michigan and spent several seasons in the NFL and the AFL.
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- "Purdue e-Archives: Purdue Football Backs". earchives.lib.purdue.edu. Purdue University. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
- "Ed Ehlers". Celtic Nation. 2007. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
- Trimble, Stephen (September 14, 1995). "We are Family". Kentucky Kernel. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
- "Bulbs Ehlers". baseball-reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)