MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Legendary Minnesota sports journalist Sid Hartman has died. He was 100 years old.
Hartman’s son, Chad Hartman of WCCO radio, announced his father’s death Sunday afternoon, saying “his father’s unusual and resilient life had come to a peaceful end, surrounded by his family.”
Born in 1920 to immigrant parents, Hartmann sold newspapers as a child to help his family make ends meet. He soon began writing for the newspaper, and over the next seven decades his columns became mandatory. His relentless pursuit of spoons, both large and small, has become a legend.
When he was 61, he started Sports Huddle on WCCO Radio with host Dave Mona. The weekly sports show has become a major element for sports fans and lasted 40 years on air.
Over the decades of reporting, Hartmann has developed close ties to sports icons, such as former Viking coach Bud Grant and “General”
Immediately after the news of his death on Sunday, sports journalists, athletes and other public figures poured in on social networks.
Former WCCO sporting director Mark Rosen writes that he is eternally grateful to be one of Hartmann’s close friends.
We all knew that day would come, but it still feels so shocking. The stories will continue in the coming years. My condolences to Chad and my eternal gratitude for being one of Sid’s “close personal friends.” https://t.co/ZHYUsrJjqt
– Mark Rosen (@KFANRosen) October 18, 2020
Gov. Tim Waltz wrote that Minnesotans of all ages would miss his “land reckoning” and influence on sports in Minnesota.
Sid was one of a kind. Minnesotans of all ages will miss his record – even until his 100th birthday – and influence on sports in Minnesota. I think of you and your family, Chad. https://t.co/ykc8vLUdPL
– Governor Tim Waltz (@GovTimWalz) October 18, 2020
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