Legendary sports columnist Sid Hartman dies at 100

Chris Long/KSTP-TV
Updated: October 18, 2020 05:48 PM

Legendary Minneapolis Star Tribune sportswriter Sid Hartman died Sunday at age 100.


Hartman's son Chad delivered the news with a post on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

Hartman was born in Minneapolis on March 15, 1920.

According to the Star Tribune, he began selling papers in 1928. He later dropped out of Minneapolis North High school to take a job with the paper in 1936. He stayed on the job for the next 84 years.

During the celebration of his 100th birthday this past March, the paper tallied 21,149 bylines with Hartman's name on it.

His first column appeared in September 1945. His last was published the morning of his passing.

Hartman's impact on the Minnesota sports scene went beyond his writing. In 1947, he helped the Minneapolis Lakers join the National Basketball Association, serving as the team's general manager for a while.

He also was a longtime host on WCCO Radio and featured on the 20-year-run of "The Sports Show" on Sunday nights.


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