Sid Hartman dies at 100

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Legendary Minnesota media member Sid Hartman, who once was the de facto G.M. of the Minneapolis Lakers, died Sunday. Hartman was 100 years old.

The Star Tribune published Hartman’s final article on Sunday. He was still contributing three or four columns per week to the newspaper.

With a career that started in 1944, Hartman (per the Star Tribune) had 21,235 stories carrying his byline. He wrote 119 columns in 2020.

“Our hearts are broken with the news of Sid Hartman’s passing,” Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilfe said in a statement. “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.”

We extend our condolences to Sid Hartman’s family, friends, colleagues, the Vikings, and all Minnesotans who will feel the impact of the passing of a man who crafted a one-of-a-kind career.

17 responses to “Sid Hartman dies at 100

  1. True Icon in the MN sports world. Started out selling newspapers for pennies and worked his way all the way up the ladder. A great professional but an even GREATER human being. Too bad we are in a COVID world because the line for his funeral and visitation would stretch across the great state of Minnesota! RIP “Sir Sidney”

  2. I wonder if he was wearing his “Just once before I die” t-shirt when he passed?
    Rest in peace Sid! He was a good man!

  3. I enjoyed his columns and articles for years. I will miss his wit and insight. That being said today’s game against the Falcons was enough to kill any Vikings fan. I hope he didn’t see it.

  4. He started his career 75 years ago. Think about that.

    I moved to Minnesota 28 years ago and he was already at retirement age. But he kept going. And he outworked other reporters in the Cities until the very end. We’ll not see his like again. RIP, Sid.

  5. This is sad, but what a great life Sid lived! My sympathies to his friends and family. He had 60 years on me, but I’ve enjoyed his writing for as long as I can remember. I hope he gets a really nice display at the Vikings Museum in US Bank Stadium.

  6. He was a big time boater on the Missisipi at one time. I met him once and he was a real nice guy. RIP SId

  7. What a dream life. To write about sports for a living and be doing it until you pass away at 100. And to be treasured by an entire state. I haven’t read his work, as I live in another region, but I’ll be looking it up now. RIP Sid Hartman.

  8. Even as a Packer fan I still wish the Vikings had won the home-field SuperBowl at US Bank. It would’ve brought immense pride to the entire area and made Hartman the happiest guy in Minnesota too. He never lost his Viking spirit or enthusiasm.

    (PS……I was pulling for Peterson to break Dickerson’s rushing record at Lambeau too, in case anyone was wondering.)

  9. I grew up listening to Sid’s Sunday morning radio show as the family drove to church and have been reading his column for probably 40 years. Even though he was 100 years old, I never really thought he would die. If he would have made it through 2020, he may have lived forever.

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