Minnesota Sports Writer Sid Hartman Has Died

Minnesota Sports Writer Sid Hartman Has Died Click to Enlarge Photo: Bobak Ha'Eri, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

(KNSI) - Legendary long time Minnesota sports writer and everyone's "close, personal friend" Sid Hartman has died.

KNSI learned of his passing through his son, Chad.

Sid had a lifelong affinity for the newspaper. He began selling them at the age of nine and began working for the Minneapolis Tribune after dropping out of high school in his junior year.

Sid also was named general manager of the Minneapolis Lakers basketball team at the age of 27.

His sportswriting career lasted more than 75 years. He also had a 40 year radio career hosting a Sunday morning sports talk program on AM 830 WCCO in Minneapolis.

Sid has a statue situated at 6th and 1st in downtown Minneapolis, located between Target Field and Target Center. The media entrance at U.S. Bank Stadium and the press box at TCF Bank Stadium, where the Gophers play football, is also named after him.

Chad said his father's "extraordinary and resilient life has come to a peaceful conclusion surrounded by his family."

Sid was 100 years old.