In the midst of another very busy sports weekend, it was announced Sunday afternoon that the legendary Sid Hartman, a Minneapolis sports columnist dating back to 1944, had passed away at the age of 100.
Anyone who followed Minnesota sports throughout the years knew who Sid Hartman was — he had produced 21,235 bylines in his career, including a piece on the Minnesota Vikings that was published the day of his death. Despite it being a “football Sunday,” Sid Hartman trended on Twitter throughout the day as media members and former athletes from every corner of the country tweeted out their condolences to the Hartman family and shared their own personal story about interacting with Sid:
The late Sid Hartman created the Lakers. And he moved on when the owners vetoed the trade he had arranged to get them the rights to a rookie center named...Bill Russell. https://t.co/veDaJtqH9B— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 18, 2020
Anything I say today about SId Hartman is superfluous. He was suigeneris. Being published on the day you die at age 100 sets you apart. My condolences to his family.— Bob Ryan (@GlobeBobRyan) October 18, 2020
Can you spot Sid Hartman in this Kevin Garnett photo from game 7 vs. the Sacramento Kings? pic.twitter.com/OHRt6M8M9B— Carlos Gonzalez (@CarlosGphoto) October 18, 2020
Thank u for letting me be apart of ur journey GENIUS(what he called me)!!LOVED his VIKINGS!!#ripsid#skol❤❤ pic.twitter.com/ZdtjOtqt92— Randy Moss (@RandyMoss) October 18, 2020
As Keith Olbermann pointed out, it was Sid Hartman who helped bring the Lakers to Minneapolis back in the ‘40s, and it was Sid himself who became the General Manager of the franchise at the super young age of 27-years old.
After his death was announced by the Hartman family, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx released a statement on behalf of Glen Taylor expressing their condolences and outlining the impact Sid had not only on the teams but the community as well:
“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.”
Wolves head coach Ryan Saunders also released a statement on behalf of the Saunders family, saying:
“It’s hard to put into words what Sid meant to my family and me. He was resilient, positive, and worked effortlessly to develop meaningful relationships that gave millions of readers a glimpse into the world he loved.
Having known my parents since they were teens, Sid really was a “close personal friend” and was always a voice of reason, stability and familiarity. I will remember Sid fondly as he embraced my family in a way that only Sid Hartman could. As long as I can remember, he’s always been someone I trusted not just as a friend but as a journalist who did everything with integrity.
Sid was a remarkable example of living life to the fullest and finding your passion – may we all learn from the legacy he leaves.”
There were countless stories and memories shared on the Twitter timeline yesterday, but for some reason this one really stood out to me:
On behalf of the entire staff at Canis Hoopus, our thoughts and condolences go out to everyone in the Hartman family. If you have your own Sid Hartman story, please feel free to share them below.