On Sunday afternoon, the world of Minnesota sports lost one of its greatest titans.
In news broken on social media by his son, Chad, we learned of the passing of Minnesota Star-Tribune columnist and Minnesota icon Sid Hartman at the age of 100. He reached that milestone birthday in March of this year.
Hartman has been a part of the Minnesota sports scene in various roles for 75 years, as he had his first byline published in the Star-Tribune in September of 1945. While he was a columnist for the Star-Tribune, he also served as a front office executive for the Minneapolis Lakers, helping to build one of the first dynasties in NBA history. Those Laker teams won five titles in six seasons from 1949 to 1954.
One of the players that Hartman was responsible for drafting as part of that Lakers front office was a young man from the University of Minnesota named Harry Grant. You know him as “Bud,” and he went on to play in both the NBA and the NFL before becoming a great coach in the Canadian Football League and, ultimately, becoming the head coach of the Vikings in 1967. He held that position until 1983, and then came back for one more season in 1985.
That Sid Hartman remained active in his job for as long as he did is truly amazing. In fact, he had a byline in the Star-Tribune today about Vikings’ receiver Adam Thielen and the team’s current situation.
The world of Minnesota sports will certainly never be the same again following the passing of Sid Hartman. We send our deepest condolences to the Hartman family, as well as all of his friends throughout the Minnesota sports community that came to hold him in such high regard over the course of his 75 years of work.