MINNEOPOLIS (WCCO) – Legendary Minnesota sports journalist Sid Hartman has died. He was 100 years old.
Hartman’s son, Chad Hartman of WCCO Radio, reported his father’s death Sunday afternoon, saying “the father’s extraordinary and enduring life had come to a peaceful end surrounded by his family.”
Born in 1920 to immigrant parents, Hartman 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 a must-read. His relentless pursuit of scoops, both large and small, has become a legend.
When he was 61, he started a sports party on WCCO radio with host Dave Mona. The weekly sports show became the main one for sports fans and lasted 40 years on the air.
Over the decades of reporting, Hartman has established close relationships with sports icons such as former Viking coach Bad Grant and “General”; Bobby Knight.
Immediately after the news of his death on Sunday, social networks received tribute from sports journalists, athletes and other public figures.
Former WCCO sporting director Mark Rosen wrote that he was eternally grateful to be one of Hartmann’s closest friends.
We all knew that this day would come, but it is still impressive. Stories will float for years to come. My sympathies 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 Wallace wrote that Minnesotans of all ages would miss his “land accountability” and influence on Minnesota sports.
Sid was one of a kind. Minnesotans of all ages will miss his reporting on the land – even to his 100th birthday – and his impact on Minnesota sports. Thinking of you and your family, Chad. https://t.co/ykc8vLUdPL
– Governor Tim Waltz (@GovTimWalz) October 18, 2020
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