A native of north Minneapolis, he was already a well-known newspaper columnist when he joined the staff of WCCO Radio in 1955, and has become one of the station’s most popular personalities. His Sunday morning “Sports Huddle” program is a staple for sports fans throughout the region.
He has done interviews and pregame shows for the station’s Minnesota Twins, Vikings, North Stars, and Gophers broadcasts, hosted such features as “Hartman’s Corner” and “Today’s Sports Hero,” and made daily sports reports and traded banter with the likes of Boone & Erickson, Eric Eskola, Dave Lee, and Steve Cannon. With “Sports Huddle,” which he has hosted for years on Sunday mornings with Chuck Lilligren and Dave Mona, and his regular column in the Star Tribune, he continues to bring his listeners and readers the scoops and insights that only he can.
In 2011, Sid was honored by both the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers before a game for his contributions to both organizations. Hartman served as the acting general manager of Minneapolis Lakers helping to build what would become the first dynasty in the NBA with the likes of George Mikan, Vern Mikkelsen and head coach John Kundla. The Lakers won five titles in six seasons (1948-49 – 1953-54) before leaving for Los Angeles in 1960.
The contributions Sid Hartman has made to sports, broadcasting and newspaper writing in the Twin Cities is immeasurable. Sid is the definition of a legend.
Wednesday morning, Minnesota Wild General Manager joined WCCO’s Sid Hartman. The Wild are coming off a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, a team they’ve now beaten 15 consecutive times at home.