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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.


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 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.[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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Tennis Magazine

Tennis Magazine
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:33:45 -0700

The “foible-filled five-year life of a delightful sexual aberration called World Team Tennis,” was how Bud Collins described that early run. At the time, its lack of financial success seemed to prove that the staid old sport could stand only so much ...

Boston Globe (subscription)

Boston Globe (subscription)
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:59:39 -0700

Arrogant and often insulting on the court, Hewitt was described by legendary Globe tennis writer Bud Collins as possessing “one of the vilest tempers in sports.'' He sometimes paid for his provocations. In 1969, a British rival, Roger Taylor, laid out ...

Tennis Magazine

Tennis Magazine
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:04:53 -0700

While the boom was led by glamorous young stars like Bjorn Borg and Chris Evert, it was given texture and reach by its homespun enthusiasts, the relentless chatterers, teachers, and promoters like Bud Collins, Nick Bollettieri, and Braden, who never ...


Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:05:13 -0700

Michael McLaughlin · Top Commenter · Works at US Dept of Veterans Affairs. You don't go by the bud Collins housing that here is not a police car there. Was told by an officer it is a constant place for them to visit. Fights. Stabbings. Overdoses etc ...


Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:29:12 -0700

"All-around game, to be honest," said Hershey Bears defenseman Moore, slipping into Bud Collins analysis mode. "She's got me running from that side to that side to that side." Mike Moore 14-15 Mike Moore HERSHEY BEARS. In the game of life, McKay's ...
Midland Daily News
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 07:39:54 -0800

Life doesn't always follow the path we start traveling. That was the case with Loran “Bud” Collins, who passed away on Tuesday at age 95. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Bud came to Midland with Clyde Dexter when Dexter, a left-handed softball pitcher, ...

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 ...

Charleston Post Courier

Charleston Post Courier
Fri, 03 Apr 2015 11:19:35 -0700

Evert won the next five Family Circle Cup titles, and the event went big time with live NBC coverage featuring Dick Enberg and Bud Collins in the booth. Hilton Head's Family Circle Cup participants made up a who's who of tennis: Casals and Billie Jean ...

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