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Bud Collins
Bud Collins on May 2008 in NY.jpg
Born (1929-06-17) June 17, 1929 (age 86)
Lima, Ohio
Occupation Sports Columnist
TV Commentator

Arthur Worth "Bud" Collins, Jr. (born June 17, 1929 in Lima, Ohio) is an American journalist and television sportscaster, best known for his tennis commentary. Collins is married to photographer Anita Ruthling Klaussen.


Collins is a 1947 graduate of Berea High School in Berea, Ohio and a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. After his U.S. Army service, Collins decided to attend Boston University graduate school. he drove the 700 miles from Lima to Boston with "The mission: convince Boston University to let him study journalism. The promise: if accepted, he would be an excellent student." He would not graduate from the College of Communications until 2009.[1]

From 1959-1963 he served as the tennis coach at Brandeis University, where one of his players was Abbie Hoffman. Afterward, Hoffman became a political and social activist.

Career as a journalist[edit]

Collins started writing for the Boston Herald as a sportswriter while he was a student at Boston University. In 1963, he moved to the Boston Globe and also began doing tennis commentary for Boston's Public Broadcasting Service outlet, WGBH.[2] From 1968 to 1972, he worked for CBS Sports during its coverage of the US Open tournament, moving to NBC Sports in 1972 to work that network's Wimbledon coverage. He also teamed with Donald Dell to call tennis matches for PBS television from 1974 to 1977.

For several years with the Boston Globe, he was a general and political columnist. In 1967, he was a candidate for mayor of Boston.

During the 2007 Wimbledon tournament, Collins announced that NBC had chosen not to renew his contract and was letting him go.[3] Collins had covered tennis for the network for 35 years. He insisted that he had no plans to retire and would continue to cover tennis for the Boston Globe.[4] On July 8, 2007, the final day of the tournament, fellow Globe sportswriter Bob Ryan, on the ESPN TV show The Sports Reporters, ridiculed NBC for this decision. He said the 78-year-old Collins "still has his fastball" and praised the Globe for retaining Collins.

Collins was hired by ESPN on August 7, 2007. He currently teams with onetime NBC partner Dick Enberg on the network's Wimbledon, US Open, French Open, and Australian Open coverage.[5] He has also covered the US Open for XM Satellite Radio.

In 1999, Collins was honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, who awarded him the Red Smith Award, which is America’s most prestigious sportswriting honor.

He was inducted in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 2002.

Playing career[edit]

Although Collins has described himself as a "hacker", he is an accomplished tennis player in his own right. He won the U.S. Indoor mixed doubles championship (with Janet Hopps) in 1961, and was a finalist in the French Senior doubles (with Jack Crawford) in 1975.

Other activities[edit]

Collins has written several books, including The Education of a Tennis Player (with Rod Laver, 1971), Evonne! On the Move (with Evonne Goolagong Cawley, 1974), and a memoir, My Life With the Pros (1989). He has also produced several tennis encyclopedias, including The Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis, the Bud Collins Tennis Encyclopedia, and Total Tennis.

In 1992, Collins was the host of the 116th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on the USA Network.[6]

In 1994, Collins was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Collins' trademark is his donning of bow ties and "loud" pants, which he has custom-made from unique fabrics he collects while traveling for work. According to Bud's website, all of his pants are fashioned by tailor Charlie Davidson in his Andover Shop in Cambridge, MA.

During telecasts, Collins would often make reference to his fictitious "Uncle Studley," as well as a fanciful dandy known as Fingers Fortescue.

In 2006, he made a cameo appearance as himself in the episode "Spellingg Bee" for the television show Psych.

His papers and manuscripts are housed currently at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.[7]


See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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658 news items

New York Post

New York Post
Sat, 20 Jun 2015 14:45:42 -0700

During the days while school was out, he worked a blue-collar job for Dow Chemical, the small Michigan town's flagship company that also employed his father, Loren “Bud” Collins. “I worked on a railroad. We laid track,” Terry Collins recalled Thursday ...

Boston Globe

Boston Globe
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:52:30 -0700

He was the only person to cover the one-and-only Dream Team from the first bounce of the ball in La Jolla to the medal ceremony in Barcelona. Past recipients of the Red Smith Award include Frank Deford, Dick Schaap, Jim Murray, and Bud Collins.

Tennis Magazine

Tennis Magazine
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:27:12 -0700

But nowhere is this more true than in the realm of television. Before the Open era, tennis was, as Bud Collins once called it, the “secret sport,” hidden away from America's great unwashed behind ivy-covered walls. Today, between ESPN, the Tennis ...

Boston Globe

Boston Globe
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 06:58:19 -0700

The Globe's Bud Collins, later an award-winning sportswriter, wrote in his review that the band “was loud enough to melt the ears.” Of course, as a head-banging college student, that's what I loved about them. May 7, 1977, Boston Garden The group ...
The Virginian-Pilot
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:22:30 -0700

Net results: He grew out of fashion for TV several years ago, but Bud Collins' whimsical Wimbledon banter is still missed by me and, I trust, other tennis fans of a certain generation. Before analysis was turned over to ex-players, Bud's droll, but ...


World Tennis Magazine
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:41:14 -0700

In the New York Times, John Kieran wrote in his column, “If Crawford wins, that would be something like scoring a grand slam on the courts.” As Bud Collins writes in his book “The Bud Collins History of Tennis,” a reporter with the less known Reading ...

New York Post

New York Post
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:13:18 -0800

... so I can get every game,” Bud Collins told The Post in 2011. “That's where I am, in my chair, watching the game every time Terry is on.” Bud Collins was a competitive softball player for Dow Chemical teams that won two national championships in the ...
For The Win
Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:22:52 -0700

... Williams, Chris Evert and John McEnroe, and features Lena Dunham as a Jordache executive with probable ties to Aaron Williams' Agassi-like jean shorts and/or mullet wig and Will Forte, dressed like Bud Collins, stealing the show for this preview ...

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