Vic Braden

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Vic Braden
Country United States
Born(1929-08-02)August 2, 1929
Monroe, Michigan
DiedOctober 6, 2014(2014-10-06) (aged 85)
Trabuco Canyon, California
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Turned pro1952
Retired1955
 
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Vic Braden
Country United States
Born(1929-08-02)August 2, 1929
Monroe, Michigan
DiedOctober 6, 2014(2014-10-06) (aged 85)
Trabuco Canyon, California
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Turned pro1952
Retired1955

Victor Kenneth Braden, Jr. (August 2, 1929 – October 6, 2014) was an American tennis player, instructor and television broadcaster for the sport.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Braden was one of eight children born to Victor (1904-1973) and Mildred (née Mayes) Braden (1906-1968); both were natives of Claiborne County, Tennessee.[3]

Introduced to tennis at age 12, he became good enough to earn invites to play in River Forest, Illinois and in Milwaukee. He told Sports Illustrated in a 1976 interview that he once hitchhiked to Detroit to watch Don Budge play Bobby Riggs because he wanted to learn how Budge hit his backhand.

Braden attended Kalamazoo College,[4] where he was captain of the tennis team, and won the league title in singles.[5] He was awarded an honorary degree by his alma mater in 2008.[6]

Vic Braden died of a heart attack on October 6, 2014 at the age of 85.[7][8]

Career[edit]

Braden played professionally after graduating from Kalamazoo College in 1951 while serving as assistant basketball coach at the University of Toledo. Among those he played with on the tour were Jimmy Evert (father of Chris Evert) and George Richey (father of Cliff and Nancy Richey).[9] After obtaining a master's degree in psychology at UCLA and Cal State,[10] Braden joined Jack Kramer on Kramer's pro tour. He and Kramer later founded The Jack Kramer Club, where Braden served as the head tennis pro and developed the "tennis college" concept.[11] In 1986, Kramer said, "One Vic Braden is worth a lot of champions in helping the sport. The [John] McEnroes, [Bjorn] Borgs, [Jimmy] Connors, they've been great. But I don't think any one of them has created the interest in the sport Vic has."[12]

Professional accomplishments[13][edit]

Awards[edit]

Videos[edit]

Vocational highlights[edit]

Licensed psychologist (California), author, sports educator and researcher, cinematographer, videographer, sports, television commentator.

Books authored[edit]

He has authored five books with Bill Bruns whom he met in 1973.[19]

Books: Other[edit]

Featured in print media[edit]

Vic's Vacant Lot[edit]

Braden hosted the short-lived television series, Vic's Vacant Lot,[24] which ran in the early 1980s on ESPN. The premise was to send Braden out with a group of children to show them how to organize competitive sports.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Paige (2006-10-29). "Vic Braden's Mental Mojo Experience". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Author:Vic Braden". isbndb.com. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Victor Braden, Sr." Find a Grave 3 July 2011
  4. ^ "Kalamazoo College Celebrates 175th Anniversary". Kalamazoo College. 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Champions List:1950". MIAA. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  6. ^ "Honorary Degree List". Kalamazoo College. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  7. ^ http://www.ocregister.com/articles/tennis-637518-braden-players.html
  8. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/tennis-pro-teacher-vic-braden-dies-26023668
  9. ^ "'Problem Solving Can Be Beautiful'" SI.com 3 July 2011
  10. ^ http://www.newspaperarchive.com/SiteMap/FreePdfPreview.aspx?img=100592086 Wisconsin State Journal, May 5, 1975
  11. ^ "Club Profile" The Jack Kramer Club 3 July 2011
  12. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1986-08-25/sports/sp-16153_1_vic-braden/2 Los Angeles Times, August 25, 1986
  13. ^ Vic Braden Tennis College site
  14. ^ http://www.psych.ucla.edu/center-and-programs/clinic UCLA Psychology Clinic
  15. ^ "Orange County Roundup". Los Angeles Times. September 27, 1985. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  16. ^ "Problem Solving Can Be Beautiful". Sports Illustrated. May 10, 1976. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  17. ^ a b USTA
  18. ^ Garrison Sports Videos
  19. ^ Joe Jares (March 25, 1996). "Two pros on winning at doubles". Daily News (Los Angeles, CA). Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  20. ^ Arnold Schechter (1980-12-15). "Vic Braden's Way Of Making Tennis A Love Game Among The Younger Set". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  21. ^ http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=tennis-m/misc/braden/index.htm The Sports Network
  22. ^ Paul Assaiante, Vic Braden: Championship Tennis by the Experts: How to Play Championship Tennis. Leisure Press, 1981, ISBN 978-0-918438-23-2
  23. ^ Jaroff, Leon (1989-10-16). "Teaching Tennis to Toads Vic Braden, Coach Extraordinaire, Uses Humor and Physics to Show Nonstars How to Improve Their Moves on the court". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  24. ^ "Vic's Vacant Lot (1982– )". IMDB. IMDB. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 

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