Dominick Ingram, sports editor
Local and nationwide sports communities learned about the passing of Sid Hartman last week, leaving a significant hole in the realm of sports writing. While Hartman lived to age 100, the impact he has made will be considered immortal.
Sid Hartman lived all of his 100 years here- a true Minnesotan. He began his career as a general manager for the Minneapolis Lakers before later becoming a radio broadcaster for WCCO Radio as well as a columnist for the Star Tribune sports section. According to the Star Tribune, Hartman wrote 21,235 stories throughout his career, including 119 in the last year.
Sid Hartman lived by a “live to work” mentality, as shown by his 75+ years in the industry covering every big name Minnesota team, including the Twins, Timberwolves, Wild and Vikings. Players from every team knew that Sid loved his job and that made him a joy to work with. His relationship with the players is what allowed him to get the most out of interviews as they trusted him enough to give honest answers.
Hartman’s impact can be seen today throughout the sports world and throughout the community of Minneapolis, as many local sports teams have made public statements regarding his passing. Dalvin Cook, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, gave his condolences on Instagram. “Rest In Peace, Sid living to see a 100 was definitely a blessing. We will truly miss you around the team. Thanks for everything over the last four years”.
Minnesota will mourn the loss of Sid Hartman for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, we’ll see future sports writers begin to fill his shoes using the tools he left behind.