Bud Collins Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Abhijeet Modi
Jan 31, 2024 By Abhijeet Modi
Originally Published on Apr 18, 2022
Bud Collins was a legendary sports journalist and famous sportscaster.
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About Bud Collins

An intriguing dress sense and a silver tongue, Bud Collins was known for both.
Bud Collins was probably one of the most recognizable American sports telecasters across generations. He was born on June 17, 1929.
In 1959, he became the lead sports columnist for the Boston Herald.
Interestingly, Bud Collins also started as a college tennis coach at Brandeis University during the period. He gained immense knowledge about the game as a tennis coach.
For those who don’t know, other than being a tennis coach, Bud Collins had won the US Indoor mixed doubles championship in 1961 and was one of the finalists in the French Senior doubles in 1975.

Bud Collins Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Bud Collins’s net worth?

Bud was one of the highest-paid sports telecasters of his time having a high net worth. His net worth was $10 million.

How much did Bud Collins earn per year?

Bud Collins earned around $400,000 per year.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Bud Collins?

Bud Collins' height is unknown at the moment.

How old was Bud Collins?

Bud Collins passed away when he was 86 years old.

Childhood And Education

Having passed high school in 1947 from Berea High School, Bud then studied at Baldwin-Wallace College, and was an ardent tennis player.
Bud then served in the US Army before enrolling at Boston University to pursue a Master’s degree.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Bud Collins’ partner?

Not much is written about Bud Collins' family life. However, we know that photographer Anita Ruthling Klaussen was his partner before his death. His ex-partners were Palmer Collins and Mary Lou Barnum.
Bud Collins is survived by his family consisting of his wife Anita Ruthling Klaussen and eight children: Danielle Klaussen, Karl Klaussen, Suzanna Mathews, Betsy Bartelt, Kristin Hunt, Sharon McMillan, Gretchen West, and Rob Lacy.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Bud Collins worked at the Boston Herald before moving to The Boston Globe in 1963. At The Boston Globe, Bud started doing commentary tournaments for WGBH. In his career, Bud Collins covered the Nationals for NBC in 1964 and the US Open for CBS from 1968-1972.
He worked for NBC for 35 years and became a household name for his commentary at 'Breakfast at Wimbledon'. At NBC, he was famous for 'Breakfast at Wimbledon'. Broadcasted live on weekend mornings, Bud gave a play-by-play and commentary at the tournament’s finals.

What awards did Bud Collins win?

In 1994, Bud Collins was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame for his contribution to the sport. In the year 1999, he won the Red Smith Award for outstanding sportswriting.
To honor Bud Collins, the USTA in 2015 named the media center at their US Open after him.

Bud Collins’ Hobbies And Interests

Bud was an exceptional writer, too.
His list of books are: 'The Education of a Tennis Player', 'The Bud Collins History of Tennis', 'Total Tennis, Revised: The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia', 'Rod Laver's Tennis Digest', and 'My Life with the Pros'.

Other Interesting Bud Collins Facts And Trivia

Bud Collins covered boxing as well, being one of the first chroniclers of Muhammad Ali.
His zodiac sign was Gemini.
Main image credit: Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com

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Arthur Worth Collins Jr

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Written by Abhijeet Modi

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Abhijeet ModiMaster of Computer Science

An experienced and innovative entrepreneur and creative writer, Abhijeet holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Computer Application from Birla Institute of Technology, Jaipur. He co-founded an e-commerce website while developing his skills in content writing, making him an expert in creating blog posts, website content, product descriptions, landing pages, and editing articles. Passionate about pushing his limits, Abhijeet brings both technical expertise and creative flair to his work.

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