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Sept. 11, 1945: Sid Hartman's first column

Sid Hartman, the dean of Twin Cities sports columnists, turns [age withheld by request] today. His first bylined column, “The Roundup,” appeared in the Minneapolis Daily Times on Sept. 11, 1945. It was tucked away with the agate type on the bottom of the newspaper’s second sports page. The lead story on the front page that day: “Tojo Shoots Self as U.S. Officers Attempt His Arrest.”

Since then, Hartman has written about virtually every significant sports event and personality in Minnesota. His “close personal friends” include countless sports figures across the country, from Bob Knight to Lou Holtz to George Steinbrenner.

[Originally posted March 15, 2007, when Sid turned 87.]

      Sid Hartman
      Sid is a bit sensitive about his age, so we won’t mention it again. Let’s just say he definitely did NOT cover Patty Berg’s first national title.

Cielusak Out of Navy; Gopher Ticket Sale Up


By Sid Hartman
Minneapolis Daily Times

Ticket Manager Marsh Ryman reports that the football ducat sale is the highest since the start of the war. Mail order for season tickets closed Saturday. The estimated sale is around 9,500. This is far from the 17,000 that were sold in 1937, but a lot better than any of the war years. Incidentally the University of Minnesota is protected even if it can’t replace the Seahawk game. The season ticket book clearly states more than one game must be postponed before a refund is necessary.

However, this doesn’t mean the boys aren’t trying to get a game. They want one and are doing their best to line one up.

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“Sweetheart of the Gopher veterans” is Bobby Kasper. Some of the boys who have been around, like Bob Hanzlik, Red Williams, Bob Graiziger and Vic Kulbitski, can’t see how Bob can miss being a Big Ten star. … Pat Harder, the ex-Wisconsin flash, is still waiting for a discharge after a knee operation. Down at Madison they still have a faint hope Pat will be out in time to play some ball for them. … Elroy Hirsch, another ex-Wisconsin star, is a member of Dick Hanley’s Eltoro marines.

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Bob Hanzlik still is getting back letters that he wrote to his Wisconsin teammates, Dave Schreiner and Tom Baumann, who were killed at Okinawa. Hanzlik wrote to Schreiner every week during the 18 months he was overseas. … Incidentally, Bob thinks Wisconsin got an awfully tough break when they lost Backfield Coach Howie O’Dell in 1942. Hanzlik says the Badgers were crazy about O’Dell and he had plenty to do with developing the ’42 club. O’Dell coached in the spring and then left in the fall to take a head coaching job at Yale.

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If it wasn’t for the navy, Dave Day might never have played college football. The Gopher guard was headed for Iowa with the idea of working after school. Thus he figures he never would have had a chance to play ball. Two of Day’s brothers had gone to Iowa under the same circumstances and had not played.

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After three and one-half years in the service Gopher freshman basketball Coach Mike Cielusak has received his discharge from the navy.

Mike is ready to climb back into the saddle and go to work. He will see Frank McCormick in the very near future and his fate at the University will be decided.

Feb. 27, 1921: An electrifying infographic

The earliest cartograms -- maps whose boundaries are distorted to reflect a set of data other than area -- began appearing in the late 19th century. This 1921 cartogram by General Electric is the earliest example -- OK, the only example -- I've found in the Minneapolis Tribune archives:

No, Dear Reader, This Is Not a Cubist Map!
It Shows Where Electricity Is Used in the U.S.

This odd map of the United States may seem at first glance to be a cubist artist’s conception of the familiar geographical outlines of our country, but it has a strictly utilitarian purpose. It is known as the map of the “electrical United States” and pictures graphically the number of household users of electricity in each state.
A glance at this map will also show which state boasts the largest number of household electrical consumers and how other states compare in number of users. How each state ranks may be judged by its size as shown on the map, which was prepared by the General Electric company, Schenectady, N.Y., from data compiled through a national survey made by the commercial service section of its publication bureau.
New York ranks first, having an electrical population (served by central stations) of 8,620,700, or 78.7 per cent of its actual population. The second largest state is Pennsylvania, with an electrical population of 6,330,000, or 68.8 per cent of the actual population; third, Illinois, with 5,150,000, or 79.8 per cent; fourth, Massachusetts, with 4,030,000 or 97,8 per cent; fifth, Ohio, with 3,550,000, or 66.1 per cent, and sixth, California, with 2,827,000, or 86.5 per cent.
At the bottom of the list is Nevada, squeezed into a tiny circumference on the map, because it has only 66,300 persons served by central power stations, which, however, is 54.3 per cent of its actual population.
The most nearly electrified state is the District of Columbia, where 430,000 out of a population of 437,000 are served by electricity. This is a percentage of 98.2. The next best showing is made by Rhode Island, where 98 per cent of the people are served by central stations.
The electrical population of the United States is 62,023,400, out of an actual population (last previous census) of 108,148,000, a percentage of 57.3.