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Still working, Sid Hartman turns 99 years old

He's been writing sports columns since 1945.

Happy birthday to longtime Minnesota sportswriter Sid Hartman, who turned 99 years old on Friday. 

Hartman is still going strong for the Star Tribune and WCCO Radio, and his remarkable career is being celebrated Friday by teams, readers and listeners around Minnesota. 

WCCO Radio, for whom Hartman has spent almost 40 years as co-host of "Sunday Morning Sports Huddle," paid tribute to Hartman by recognizing his role in Minnesota sports and media history. 

"At this point, he's been around so long we're forgetting the legend. The influence. Just the pure longevity is incredible, but don't forget his inventiveness [sic]. The man basically created sports radio. His Sports Hero segments became a 'who's-who' of the country's top athletes, from Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, to Bobby Knight and George Steinbrenner and more, regularly showed up on WCCO."

How many columns has Hartman written in his decades of work at the Strib? 

According to the Star Tribune, he's 19 shy of 21,000, and the newspaper actually re-published his first column from Sep. 11, 1945 on Friday. 

Even national football writer Peter King saved a section in his weekly column to compliment Hartman's incredible journey. 

"Hartman was of voting age, 21, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Hartman was 41 when the Vikings played their first game in 1961. He has covered the team for all 58 of its seasons.

When the NFL played its first game, in September 1920, Hartman was six months old.

It’s all pretty amazing to me."

Clearly, he's one of the all-time greats in Minnesota sports history, and his peers are acknowledging as much by sending him birthday wishes on social media.

Last but not least, we can only imagine the NHL was talking about Sid Hartman when they tweeted a hockey highlight on Thursday saying "Our advice, don't play the patience game with Sid." 

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