Sunday was a sad day as Minnesota’s legend in sports reporting, Sid Hartman, died at the age of 100. Hartman’s son, Chad, announced the news early Sunday afternoon. You cannot talk about sports in Minnesota without mentioning Hartman’s impact not only on the coverage of Minnesota sports, but the fact that Minnesota sports exist at all.
Hartman’s first major connection to Minnesota was bringing a basketball franchise to Minneapolis. He was a key contributor to the purchase and creation of the Minneapolis Lakers. As de facto general manager in 1947-48, the Lakers won the NBL championship in their inaugural season.
The next season in 1948-49, his Lakers made the move to the BAA, which became the NBA in 1949-50. Minneapolis won five of the next six BAA/NBA championships before the Lakers left for Los Angeles. Hartman’s writing career continued throughout these years.
Hartman may have played a major part in creating the first NBA dynasty, but that’s not even what he’s known best for. Hartman spent the majority of his life as a reporter and columnist for the Minnesota Star Tribune. His column’s influence is arguably a huge reason that the Washington Senators became the Minnesota Twins in 1961.
He continued his writing career quite literally all the way up until his death. His final column was published Sunday morning.
As if all his success and influence as a writer and GM weren’t enough, Hartman began a sports radio show on WCCO Radio, alongside Dan Mona. The show, Sports Huddle, began when he was 61 years old, an age where most people are winding down their careers.
That wasn’t Hartman’s style, though. He worked endlessly and passionately, and the impact he left is unmatched.
Everyone from Minnesota’s governor, Tim Walz, to the Vikings’ organization have reached out to share memories, condolences, and thanks to Hartman and his family. He will be dearly missed by all in the sports community, but especially by those in his beloved state of Minnesota.