MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota sports columnist and radio personality Sid Hartman, an old-school home team booster who once ran the NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers, has died at age 100. Star Tribune sports editor Chris Carr says Hartman died Sunday while surrounded by family. Hartman’s first newspaper column was published in 1945. He kept up his age-defying pace even after his 100th birthday party on March 15 was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Hartman continued to write three columns per week for the Star Tribune, four during football season, and served as a co-host of the Sunday morning “Sports Huddle” show for Minneapolis station WCCO-AM.
Minneapolis, Minn. (October 18, 2020) – Our hearts are broken with the news of Sid Hartman’s passing. It is nearly impossible to put into words what Sid meant to the sports world and to Minnesota. He was an iconic sports figure, a tenacious reporter and a tireless advocate for his beloved state. His doggedness and work ethic were unmatched, but it was Sid’s ability to nurture relationships that truly set him apart. He was a confidant and a loyal friend to countless athletes and coaches across the country.
The impact Sid had on collegiate and professional sports can never be replicated and will never be forgotten. His presence and his personality were constants during the Vikings first 60 seasons. Sid welcomed our family to town in 2005, and we will always appreciate his support for us as owners and for the Vikings franchise. Our prayers are with the entire Hartman family.
– Mark & Zygi Wilf and the Minnesota Vikings
Minneapolis/St. Paul – The following is a statement from Timberwolves and Lynx owner Glen Taylor on the passing of Minnesota sports icon Sid Hartman:
“I am truly saddened by the news of the passing of one of the Twin Cities great personalities in Sid Hartman. With over 21,000 bylines in the Star Tribune, Sid will be considered one of the premier journalists of our time. Sid will always be a staple amongst Minnesota sports and even more so in the basketball community, helping shape what many consider the NBA’s first dynasty with the Minneapolis Lakers. I will always remember Sid for his will, determination, and the upbeat spirit with which he lived his life. Above all, I am thankful for his friendship over all these years. On behalf of the Timberwolves and Lynx, we want to extend our deepest condolences to the entire Hartman family.”
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The entire Minnesota Twins organization is saddened by the death of legendary sports personality Sid Hartman, who passed away today at age 100. The Twins issued the following statement regarding the loss of Hartman:
“The Minnesota Twins today mourn the passing of Sid Hartman, while also celebrating his extraordinary life, his immeasurable contributions to our state’s sports scene, and his enduring impact on generations of Minnesotans. Sid was truly a one-of-a-kind personality, and his constant presence at the ballpark – which spanned the press boxes and clubhouses of Metropolitan Stadium, the Metrodome and Target Field – will be missed by so many.
“His endless drive to share sports stories across our region was unmatched, as was the deep trust he endeared in athletes, coaches, management and the public alike. This enviable combination, along with a work ethic, competitiveness and resilience that never wavered, allowed Sid to gather and report stories that no one else could have captured. Sid’s commitment to, and passion for, covering Minnesota sports was a true privilege to fans across our state.
“From his behind-the-scenes work to deliver Major League Baseball to the Twin Cities, to his literally thousands upon thousands of newspaper, television and radio stories that brought to life the exploits of our players and team over our first 60 seasons, few people have done more for our franchise than Sid Hartman. We will be forever grateful for Sid’s contributions to Minnesota Twins baseball.
“Sid will be missed, but he will certainly never be forgotten. Sid Hartman was, is, and always will be Minnesota sports.”
The Twins dedicated the press conference room at Target Field in Hartman’s honor in 2014. The room is called the Sid Hartman Press Conference Room and will continue to serve as the primary venue for significant press conferences held at Target Field. In addition, as part of the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Giving project, a youth baseball field located at Northeast Athletic Park in North Minneapolis was renovated and renamed Sid Hartman All-Star Field.
Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman at the age of 100:
“Sid Hartman was a singular figure of the Minnesota sports scene throughout the entire history of the Twins franchise, and a friend to so many throughout our National Pastime. Appropriately, he was member number one for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America at the time of his passing, as well as the organization’s longest tenured member. We appreciate Sid’s lifetime of goodwill and for always reminding us why we love baseball and all sports.
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest sympathy to Sid’s family, friends, readers and all Minnesotans.”
Commissioner Emeritus Allan H. (Bud) Selig said:
“I am terribly saddened by the passing of the great Sid Hartman. He was a newspaperman through and through and will be remembered as a giant throughout his profession. He was certainly a legendary figure in Minneapolis and the Midwest. I will always appreciate with great fondness the warm relationship I had with Sid. My wife, Sue, and I send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”