MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Legendary Minnesota sports journalist Sid Hartman has died. He is 100 years old.
Hartman’s son Chad Hartman of WCCO Radio, announced the death of his father on Sunday afternoon, saying “his father’s extraordinary and resilient life has led to a peaceful conclusion surrounded by his family.”
Born in 1920 to immigrant parents, Hartman sells newspapers as a child to help his family meet their needs. Soon, he began writing for the paper, and over the next seven decades his columns had to be read. His relentless pursuit of scoops both large and small, became the object of legend.
When he was 61, he started Sports Huddle on WCCO Radio with co-host Dave Mona. The weekly sports show has become a staple for sports fans and lasted 40 years in the air.
Over the decades of reporting, Hartman has developed close ties with sports icons, such as former Vikings coach Bud Grant and “the General”; Bobby Knight.
Immediately following the news of his death on Sunday, donations were poured out on social media from sports journalists, athletes and other public figures.
Former WCCO sports director Mark Rosen wrote that he is eternally grateful to be one of Hartman’s best friends.
We all know this day is coming, but it still feels shocking. Stories will flow in the coming year. My sympathy Chad and my eternal gratitude for being one of “close personal friends.” https://t.co/ZHYUsrJjqt
– Mark Rosen (@KFANRosen) October 18, 2020
Governor Tim Walz writes that Minnesotans of all ages will miss his “down to earth reporting” and influence on Minnesota sports.
Sid is one of a kind. Minnesotans of all ages will miss his ground reporting – even through his 100th birthday – and 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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