Hartman, Sid

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Hartman, Sid Gender: M
Sidney Hartman
born on 15 March 1920 at 10:15 (= 10:15 AM )
Place Minneapolis, Minnesota, 44n59, 93w16
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 24°47' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 27°04 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 19°31'

Sid Hartman (covering the 2013 Minnesota Gophers Spring Game)
photo: Bobak Ha'Eri, license cc-by-3.0


American sports journalist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the WCCO 830 AM radio station. For 20 years, he was also a panelist on the weekly television program Sports Show with Mike Max which aired Sunday nights at 9:30 p.m. on WUCW 23 in the Twin Cities metro area. He wrot for the Star Tribune for 75 years until his death in 2020.

After an unsuccessful stint as a vacuum cleaner salesman, 27-year-old Hartman became the acting general manager of the Minneapolis Lakers in 1947. Hartman helped build what would become the first dynasty in the NBA.

Hartman was a popular, widely read and widely heard sports columnist throughout his career. For seven decades, Hartman served as the "radio and print voice of Minnesota sports." On 11 September 1945, Hartman wrote his first column for the Star Tribune newspaper and would continue writing columns with the newspaper until his death in 2020. From 1955 until his death, Hartman also appeared as a radio sportscaster and commentator on Minneapolis's WCCO Radio.

One of the elements of his style – often caricatured by local comics and other radio personalities – was his habit while interviewing a sports figure of referring to him or her as "my close personal friend".

Hartman published two books, Sid!: The Sports Legends, the Inside Scoops, and the Close Personal Friends, an autobiography, and Sid Hartman's Great Minnesota Sports Moments.

Hartman married Barbara Balfour in 1964. They divorced in 1972. Hartman's son Chad Hartman also has a radio show on WCCO. He also had an adopted daughter Chris Schmitt.

In December 2016, Hartman was hospitalized in Minneapolis after falling and breaking his right hip. He underwent surgery to repair his hip the following day.

Hartman turned 100 in March 2020. He had 21,149 bylines by that time. He died later that year on 18 October. His final column was published by the Star Tribune that same day.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • friend relationship with Knight, Bob (born 25 October 1940)


  • Relationship : Marriage 1964 (Barbara Balfour)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 29 May 1965 (Birth of son, Chad)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1972 (Barbara Balfour)
  • Death of Father 1972
  • Death of Mother 1972
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 15 May 2007 (Autobiography "Sid!")
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  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) December 2016 (Fell and broke his right hip)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from a news article for his 100th birthday: "Sid was born March 15, 1920 at 10:15 a.m. in Minneapolis’ Asbury Methodist Hospital. He had three siblings — Bernice, Harold and Saul" ("100 years. 100 things. All about Sid Hartman" by Chris Miller and Joel Rippel, Star Tribune, 14 March 2020 [1]).


  • Traits : Body : Race (Latvian mother, Russian father)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Asthma
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Fell and broke his right hip)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Hip repair)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of four)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (One adopted daughter)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Chad Hartman, radio host)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (75 years)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Centenarian, age 100)
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Sales (Vacuum salesman)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : News journalist/ Anchor (Sports)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Radio/ D.J./ Announcer (Sports)
  • Vocation : Sports Business : Coach/ Manager/ Owner (General manager of Minneapolis Lakers)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Sid!")
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Sports)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction