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.


Ben Hogan (1953)

Known for his fluid swing and superb shot-making ability, “Bantam Ben” won sixty-eight professional golf tournaments during his career, including three majors—the Masters and U.S. and British Opens—during his Hickok-winning year in 1953. The sensational season capped a remarkable comeback from a near-fatal automobile accident on a fog-shrouded bridge east of Van Horn, Texas, on February 2, 1949. His triumphant return was depicted by Hollywood in the film Follow the Sun: The Ben Hogan Story. In 1953, Hogan started his own company to manufacture golf clubs and golf equipment. The Stephenville, Texas, native died in 1997 at age eighty-four.

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Pitoniak, Scott, Jewel of the Sports World: The Story of the Hickok Belt Award, Rochester New York: RIT Press, Copyright © 2010