Sid Hartman’s Star Tribune career qualifies for a gold watch

Since Nov. 1 is a Sunday, I’m just going to say it now: Happy 65th Stribberversary, Sid Hartman.

According to the paper’s intranet, Sid started at the Minneapolis Tribune on Nov. 1 1944. Nineteen-friggin-44! He was actually an intern then, and wrote his first column a year later, according to this MPR piece.

For perspective, Nov. 1, 1944 was six days before FDR beat Thomas Dewey to win an unprecedented fourth presidential term.

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Ben Welter on 10/29/2009 - 03:59 pm.

    Here’s a link to his first column, published Sept. 11, 1945, in the Minneapolis Daily Times:

    http://blogs2.startribune.com/blogs/oldnews/archives/150

  2. Submitted by Charlie Quimby on 10/29/2009 - 09:02 pm.

    Forgive me, but did Sid ever “write” a column in his career?

  3. Submitted by Jay Vee on 10/30/2009 - 12:04 pm.

    As MLK said “Longevity has it’s place” and in this case a ‘place of honor’ if only for 65 productive years.
    Sid, your are what we kids (I’m 67) call a PITA sometimes but we go back over 55 years, when I was the ball-boy for the Syracuse Nats and you were the GM of another team.
    BTW you had nothing to do with the 24 second clock (as you assert.)That was introduced via Danny Biasone the then owner of the Nats. Other than that minor ‘mistake’ you’ve been “Right On” all these years so…
    Keep on keeping on.

    J.D. Vee

  4. Submitted by Jim Gabler on 10/31/2009 - 03:59 pm.

    As with anything, variety in newspaper columns is good and Sid’s “homer” role over the years has served a unique purpose. Most of us “boomers” have grown up with Sid and, though we may not always agree with him, have respected the obvious amount of work he must do behind the scenes to keep informed on all the different sports fronts. You just knew Sid was always a hustler for sports news.

    I can tilt my head to left at my desk here and see a framed copy of an old Strib column Sid did in 1953 on the 50th Anniversary of the first Little Brown Jug game with Michigan in 1903. It included pictures and an acknowledgement for those pictures to my maternal grandfather, Al Nuessle, who played on that team.

    Like him or not, Sid’s an amazing guy, a true anachronism and now a piece of Minnesota history himself. Happy 90th, Sid!

  5. Submitted by Elliot Mann on 11/02/2009 - 09:31 am.

    This is probably the best Sid profile out there, written “one of our own” Steve Rushin.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/web/COM1046044/index.htm

    And for everyone who takes shots at Sid, and everyone does, he puts ’em on a tee for people at this point, his book is really worth the read.

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