I remember when at a Gopher practice in the 70's at the old Memorial Stadium, a big cadillac drove out on the field and right up to where they were practicing, Sid got out and walked right up to their huddle. Salem was coach then. Can't imagine another writer ever having access like that. Ponder Ponder Ponder!!!
In fall of '82 when I was a Hutchinson Tiger and we were in the playoffs, Sid on his morning show broadcast a phone call with my coach, Grady Rostberg, about our upcoming game. Sid mentioned me by name and it was one of the greatest moments of my life. I was at home recording it with my tape recorder and I used to play it over and over just to hear THE Sid Hartman say my name.
Before there were recruiting web sites and forums to share information on there was Sid Hartman. His relationships in all areas of MN sports kept a generation of fans informed on what was going on behind the scenes. He truly was a pioneer in MN sports and his legacy is appreciated. Thank you Sid! You have blessed my life with hours of entertaining information.
We cannot and forget Sid because he, long ago, joined that exclusive fraternity constituted of men devoted to their work and their people. He loved both and served both. Sid was a rare honorable man. And he should be emulated.
May God bless you, Sid, and may He take you into His arms.
Oh... I forgot to say: as much as we will all miss him - which is of course not calculable - it compares not at all to how you, his family, will miss him. Nevertheless, please know that my friends and I have spoken this very evening about how Sid's passing marks "the end of an era." We loved him too!
I took pride in trying to be the media member that reported #Sidbits at events (as he was often the biggest celebrity in an arena, stadium or press box). I was going through some old pics and videos on Twitter and I wanted to share a few of my favorites:
the same day this happened: https://twitter.com/NadineBabu/status/962401104070836224?s=20