Legendary Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman dies at age 100

Legendary Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman dies at age 100

Legendary Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman, whose simple prose left no doubt about his fierce loyalty to Minnesota’s teams, died Sunday. He was 100. Hartman’s son, Chad, shared the news on Twitter. “My father’s extraordinary and resilient life has come to a peaceful conclusion surrounded by his family,” Chad Hartman wrote. Hartman’s connection with prominent sports newsmakers — or as he called them, “close personal friends” — filled his column inches with influential scoops on Minnesota sports across nine decades. With the help of his assistant, Jeff Day, Hartman produced copy until the end, with his last column appearing in Sunday’s editions of the newspaper in his customary spot on Page 2. The Star Tribune said Sunday that since 1944 Hartman produced 21,235 bylined stories in his career, including 119 columns in 2020. Hartman crossed into sports management as a leading advocate to help the Detroit Gems pro basketball team relocate in 1947 and become the dynastic Minneapolis Lakers into the 1950s. He later assisted on multiple civic efforts to bring Major League Baseball to Minnesota. “I don’t know of another reporter that played such an influential role in the development of the sports landscape in any other city than what Sid did because he was the go-to guy,” said Dave Mona, Hartman’s co-host on the WCCO-AM Sports Huddle radio show since 1981. Sid rests in the pantheon of famous, one-named Minnesotans, along the likes of Kirby and Prince. Since his 90th birthday in 2010, a statue of ...
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