The Inimitable Bud Collins
For us Boomers, Bud was the face and voice of tennis, and that's that, no quibbling. When Bud died yesterday tributes came quickly from the likes of Billie Jean King, Rod Laver, and Chris Evert (right), people who know a bit about the sport. When I watched a tribute to Bud last night on the local PBS station (he was a Bostonian), I was struck how he made the world a better place through the power of love -- for the sport, for the people in the sport, and for life itself. To be clear: To love a sport isn't a trivial thing. It's one way of celebrating humanity. He also did work that was more obviously charitable, for example, starting a tennis program for urban kids in Boston.
Farewell, Bud. Wherever you are at now, I'm sure you are still one of a kind. Here's a nice tribute written by Dan Shaughnessy, a colleague of Bud's in the Boston Globe Sports department. The title of the piece also uses the word inimitable. Hey, if the pants fit.