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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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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 ...
Midland Daily News
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 07:33:45 -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 Daily News (blog)

New York Daily News (blog)
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:26:15 -0800

About a year ago, I interviewed Bud Collins by telephone, and was struck by two strong impressions: He was lucid and clear and energetic (which explained why his 65-year-old son carries the live-wire energy of a man in his twenties), and nearly ...

Tennis Magazine

Tennis Magazine
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:56:15 -0800

After watching a ladies' final at the Foro that was scheduled before noon and played in an amphitheater where marble statues outnumbered live humans, Bud Collins concluded that “women's tennis in Italy had the status of breakfast: something to be ...
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:20:58 -0800

He had been away since Wednesday after the death of his father, Loren "Bud" Collins. "My dad lived a great life," he said. "I'm doing fine." . . . Illness forced pitcher Zack Wheeler to miss the first official workout . . . Utilityman Eric Campbell ...

New York Post

New York Post
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:30:00 -0800

Saturday was Collins' first day back to work following the death of his father, Bud Collins, in Midland, Mich., on Tuesday. Collins recently spent time in Florida with his dad. “My dad lived a great life and 95 years old and was doing great up until ...

Investor's Business Daily

Investor's Business Daily
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:43:33 -0800

... after breezing through the tournament's first six rounds without dropping a set. "Ashe had no more chance than a scoop of ice cream in that fiery furnace," opined one Sports Illustrated writer. Boston Globe columnist Bud Collins remembered being ...

New York Post

New York Post
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:20:21 -0800

Manager Terry Collins is expected back in camp on Saturday, following the death of his father, Loren “Bud” Collins, this week. General manager Sandy Alderson will address the media on Friday in Collins' place.

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