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 on Sunday afternoon, saying his father’s “extraordinary and resilient life has come to a peaceful end surrounded by his family.”
He was born in 1920 to immigrant parents and sold newspapers as a child to help his family make ends meet. Before long, he began writing for the newspaper, and over the next seven decades, his columns became must-read. His relentless pursuit of both large and small scoops became the legend.
When he was 61, he started Sports Huddle on WCCO Radio with co-host Dave Mona. The weekly sports exhibition became a daily sight for sports fans and lasted 40 years in the air.
Over the decades of reporting, Hartman developed close connections with sports icons, such as former Viking coach Bud Grant and “General”
Immediately after the news of his death on Sunday, tributes flooded in on social media from sports journalists, athletes and other public figures.
Former WCCO sports director Mark Rosen wrote that he was eternally grateful to be one of Hartman’s close friends.
We all knew this day would come, yet it still feels so shocking. The stories will flow in the coming years. My sympathy 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 Walz wrote that Minnesotans of all ages will miss his “down-to-earth reporting” and influence on Minnesota sports.
Sid was outstanding. Minnesotans of all ages will miss his down-to-earth reporting – even through his 100th birthday – and his influence on Minnesota sports. Thinking of you and your family, Chad. https://t.co/ykc8vLUdPL
– Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) October 18, 2020
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