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Bud Collins
Bud Collins on May 2008 in NY.jpg
Born (1929-06-17) June 17, 1929 (age 85)
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.

Education[edit]

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. From 1959–1963 he served as the tennis coach at Brandeis University, where one of his players was Abbie Hoffman.

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. 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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 sports writing honor.

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.[4]

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.[5]

Books[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Hiestand (2007-07-05). "Collins will call final Wimbledon for NBC". USA Today. 
  2. ^ Larry Stewart (2007-07-09). "Collins makes exit from NBC". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ "Collins to be reunited with Enberg on ESPN's tennis coverage". ESPN.com. 2007-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Search Results". 1992-02-10. 
  5. ^ Contemporary Collections

External links[edit]


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World Tennis Magazine
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:22:30 -0700

I'll never forget Bud Collins on ESPN said, “Her coach Rick Macci said, 'There's a chair there, you're supposed to sit down. This isn't like at the academy.' And now she knows what that chair's for.” As Bud said, “This is unprecedented. It really sets ...
 
Boston Globe
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:33:45 -0700

But the whole emerald empire of SW19 loses some luster without Bud Collins in the press box. It took the Kansas City Royals to make the Red Sox feel good. Back in the day, KC only did that for the Yanks. I guess we can all agree the warm and fuzzies of ...

TennisGrandstand

TennisGrandstand
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:33:45 -0700

NewChapterMedia.com) is also the publisher of “The Greatest Tennis Matches of All-Time” by Steve Flink, “The Education of a Tennis Player” by Rod Laver with Bud Collins, “Macci Magic: Extracting Greatness From Yourself And Others” by Rick Macci with ...

TennisGrandstand

TennisGrandstand
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:22:30 -0700

RogerFedererBook.com), “The Bud Collins History of Tennis” by Bud Collins, “Acing Depression: A Tennis Champion's Toughest Match” by Cliff Richey and Hilaire Richey Kallendorf (www.CliffRicheyBook.com), “Jan Kodes: A Journey To Glory From Behind ...
 
World Tennis Magazine
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:11:15 -0700

Writes Bud Collins in The Bud Collins History of Tennis, “The Yank might have won had he not bungled a set point volley in the tricky breeze that would have given him a two-set lead. Roger lifted himself from 1-5 in that tie-breaker, cancelling four ...
 
Sequim Gazette
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:26:15 -0700

It was while watching this footage that Collins finally revealed to his wife, Robin, that he believed his father, Jack Collins, and uncle, Romaine 'Bud' Collins, were the men behind the hijacking and finally was going to put the mystery to rest by ...

Boston Globe

OCRegister
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:56:15 -0700

“I never thought about the Hall of Fame until after my second slam and (TV commentator) Bud Collins said something to me. I was like, oh I guess. Then I figured the last few years, yeah, it's coming,” Davenport said. Before she could accept the ...
 
World Tennis Magazine
Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:37:30 -0700

I remembered reading that Jaroslav Drobny was a standout hockey player in the former Czechoslovakia, the country where Lendl hailed from, during my readings and/or publishing of “The Bud Collins History of Tennis” or the Jan Kodes book of the history ...
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