Minnesota sports teams remember Sid Hartman

Sid Hartman with Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer
Sid Hartman with Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer Photo credit Icon Sportswire / Contributor

The passing of Sid Hartman has struck a chord with many in the state of Minnesota. The 100-year-old sports reporter was known by just his first name, "Sid," in locker rooms all over the state. Many of the teams released statements today’s remembering our legend, Sid Hartman.

The Twins:

The Minnesota Twins today mourn the passing of Sid Hartman, while also celebrating his extraordinary life, his immeasurable contributions to our state’s sports scene, and his enduring impact on generations of Minnesotans. Sid was truly a one-of-a-kind personality, and his constant presence at the ballpark – which spanned the press boxes and clubhouses of Metropolitan Stadium, the Metrodome and Target Field – will be missed by so many.

“His endless drive to share sports stories across our region was unmatched, as was the deep trust he endeared in athletes, coaches, management and the public alike. This enviable combination, along with a work ethic, competitiveness and resilience that never wavered, allowed Sid to gather and report stories that no one else could have captured. Sid’s commitment to, and passion for, covering Minnesota sports was a true privilege to fans across our state.

“From his behind-the-scenes work to deliver Major League Baseball to the Twin Cities, to his literally thousands upon thousands of newspaper, television and radio stories that brought to life the exploits of our players and team over our first 60 seasons, few people have done more for our franchise than Sid Hartman. We will be forever grateful for Sid’s contributions to Minnesota Twins baseball.

“Sid will be missed, but he will certainly never be forgotten. Sid Hartman was, is, and always will be Minnesota sports.”

The Timberwolves:

“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.” - Glen Taylor

The University of Minnesota:

The Minnesota Vikings:

Our hearts are broken with the news of Sid Hartman's passing. It is nearly impossible to put into words what Sid meant to the sports world and to Minnesota. He was an iconic sports figure, a tenacious reporter and a tireless advocate for his beloved state. His doggedness and work ethic were unmatched, but it was Sid's ability to nurture relationships that truly set him apart. He was a confidant and a loyal friend to countless athletes and coaches across the country.

The impact Sid had on collegiate and professional sports can never be replicated and will never be forgotten. His presence and his personality were constants during the Vikings first 60 seasons. Sid welcomed our family to town in 2005, and we will always appreciate his support for us as owners and for the Vikings franchise. Our prayers are with the entire Hartman family.

- Mark & Zygi Wilf and the Minnesota Vikings

Murray's Restaurant:

Murray’s Restaurant is saddened by the passing of our long time guest and friend Sid Hartman. During his many years in the Twin Cities media Sid developed a very special relationship with all three generations of the Murray family. His never ending loyalty to our restaurant was something from years gone by. We will miss our great ambassador and extend our sympathies and congratulate his family for an amazing 100 years on earth and a career unmatched by any other individual in his profession.
Sincerely,
Tim, Jill and James Murray