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Bud Collins 1929-2016

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The pants.

That’s what a lot of people in tennis first think of when they consider Bud Collins. The pants. Any color, any pattern…any time. The veteran tennis journalist passed away today at the age of 86.

How many times did I watch Wimbledon with him there! The winner (and loser) would come off the court, then head down that little passageway, and there he’d be in The Pants, peering up at the towering tennis titans, ready to probe their minds on the outcome of the match.

The Boston Herald was his first stop, with The Boston Globe and most famously NBC and then ESPN to follow. He made the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 2002, and in 2005 the USTA named the Flushing Meadow press center after him. Fittingly, they honored him last summer:

RIP Bud Collins- Dear Bud- you proved you can be a great human, a great humanitarian & a world class reporter at the same time- much love… -Martina Navratilova on Twitter

The world of tennis has lost one of its keenest commentators, and he will be missed.

Feature photo from the Houston Chronicle.
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