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.


Brooks Robinson (1970)

Regarded as the finest-fielding third baseman in baseball history, Robinson won sixteen consecutive Gold Gloves for his defensive prowess and earned the nickname “The Human Vacuum Cleaner’’ for his ability to suck up every ground ball and line drive in sight. He was also a threat at the plate, finishing with 268 homers, 1,357 runs batted in and a .267 batting average during his Hall of Fame career. Following his retirement as a player, Robinson dabbled in broadcasting. His most profound work, though, has come with the Boy Scouts of America and with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. Robinson was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on May 18, 1937.

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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