Meet the Hickok Belt Award® Winners

Past Hickok Belt Award ® winners are truly a select group – a veritable who’s who of sports icons. The award has celebrated the incredible careers of leading figures throughout sports. With names like Ali, Mantle, Brown, Namath, Palmer, Phelps and James it is an impressive list to be sure. To learn more about the amazing athletes behind the award including video highlights of their accomplishments, please enjoy the listings below.

1971 Lee Trevino - golf

  • Won the US Open, Canadian Open and British Open in the span of four weeks
  • Finished PGA tour career with 89 victories, including six majors
  • Nicknamed “Super Mex” based on his Mexican American heritage and outstanding play

1972 Steve Carlton - baseball

  • Won 27 games for Phillies team that only won 59
  • Won Cy Young by unanimous vote
  • 329 wins and 4,136 strikeouts second all-time for lefty

1973 O.J. Simpson - football

  • Led NFL in rushing with 2,003 yards
  • First to run for more than 2,000 yards in one season
  • Nicknamed “The Juice”

1974 Muhammad Ali - boxing

  • Avenged 1971 loss to Joe Frazier winning a 12-round decision
  • Regained heavyweight crown by defeating George Foreman in “The Rumble in the Jungle”
  • Considered by many to be the greatest fighter of all time

1975 Pete Rose - baseball

  • Led NL with 112 runs, 47 doubles, hitting .317
  • Hit .370 to win World Series MVP
  • Led Reds to 7-game Series win over Red Sox

1976 Ken Stabler - football

  • Had 66.7 completion percentage, with 27 touchdowns
  • Named AFC Offensive Player of the Year
  • Led Raiders to Super Bowl win over Vikings

2012 LeBron James - basketball

  • Led Miami Heat to team's first NBA Championship.
  • Named NBA Finals MVP.
  • Won the gold medal as part of the U.S. men's basketball team at the 2012 London Olympics.
  • Voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player while averaging 28 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.