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Legendary sports columnist Sid Hartman passes away at 100

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The long-time Star Tribune sports reporter’s last column was published today.

Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

As if 2020 couldn’t get any worse, it takes another life - this time in the Minnesota sports realm. Sid Hartman, long-time sports columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, has passed away according to his son. He celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this year.

According to the Star Tribune, Hartman started selling papers in 1928 as an eight-year-old boy. His first piece in the newspaper was in fall of 1945 and he wrote multiple columns a week for the paper ever since. In fact, his last column is in today’s Sunday edition of the Minneapolis newspaper. He also spent many years at on the airwaves of WCCO Radio and, on occasion, some TV time.

Hartman’s career included seeing the highs and lows of the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Minnesota Vikings. He also was on hand for the rise of the Minneapolis Lakers, being their general manager, and the coming of the Minnesota Twins. Heck, he even once talked to Prince at the Super Bowl. His career was so long that he was issued the No 1 card this year by the Baseball Writers Association of America, according to Bob Nightengale.

No matter what Minnesota sports team you were interested in, Hartman reported about them during his life.

Our thoughts are with Hartman’s family during this time.