Star Tribune sports columnist Sid Hartman dies at age 100
Video (21:44) : Patrick Reusse talked with Sid Hartman abuot his many close personal friends in the sports world.
Sid Hartman, who started selling newspapers in 1928 and wrote about sports for the Star Tribune for the ensuing decades, died Sunday. He was 100.
"My father's extraordinary and resilient life has come to a peaceful conclusion surrounded by his family," his son, Chad Hartman, tweeted early Sunday afternoon.
Sid Hartman also was for decades a radio voice on WCCO.
Hartman was born on the north side of Minneapolis on March 15, 1920, and he worked for newspapers in his hometown for nearly his entire life. At the time of his death he was still writing three or four columns a week.
He gained a stature very few journalists have achieved, becoming one of this state's legendary public figures. He was for years a power broker in the local sports scene, playing an integral role in the early success of the Minneapolis Lakers pro basketball team while serving as the team's de facto general manager and working behind the scenes to help bring major league baseball to Minnesota.
He created a rags-to-riches story unlike any his hometown has seen, working his way from the very bottom of the newspaper industry to one of the most influential and popular figures ever to use a typewriter, and later computer, for his livelihood. He also became a popular radio personality for WCCO and for 20 years was a panelist on a Sunday night TV show. If ...
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