Erwin “Bunny” Saltz

Class of 1953 / Inducted 2022 / Baseball Football Men's Basketball

Erwin “Bunny” Saltz was a three-sport standout for Emory & Henry College, making his mark on the football gridiron, basketball court and baseball diamond. 

Saltz accumulated a record of 27-4-1 while playing halfback and quarterback for the Wasps, including a victory in the 1950 Burley Bowl and a trip to the 1950 Tangerine Bowl. The Wasps also won the Smoky Mountain Athletic Conference all three years that Saltz was a member of the squad. He was selected to the Virginia Little-Six Honorable Mention Team in 1951 and First Team in 1952 for his performance on the field. His 848 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns during the 1952 season also earned him a selection to the AP Honorable Mention Little All-American Team as a halfback. 

Saltz also shone as a point guard on the hardwood for the Wasps, averaging 10.8 points per game during his playing career. He was selected to the Smoky Mountain Athletic Conference Honorable Mention Team in 1952 and All-Second Team in 1953. He was also a member of the All Virginia Little-Six Second Team in 1952 and Honorable Mention Team in 1953. 

He rounded out his Emory & Henry athletic career by winning the Smoky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship as the starting third baseman for the Wasps on the baseball diamond during the 1953 season.

Mr. Saltz passed away on December 19, 2017 at the age of 86.