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.


Lee Trevino (1971)

He was nicknamed “Super Mex’’ and “Merry Mex’’ because of his Mexican American heritage, but there wasn’t much for him to be merry about growing up in a shack with his mother and grandfather on the outskirts of Dallas. By age five Trevino was working in the fields picking cotton. He decided at age seventeen that schooling wasn’t for him, so he enlisted in the U.S. Marines, serving four years. His rags-to-riches story took off in 1971, the year he won three tournaments in a one-month span, including two majors. Known for his sense of humor, Trevino threw a rubber snake at Jack Nicklaus before teeing off at their U.S. Open playoff in ’71. Struck by lightning in 1975, Trevino was asked what he would do the next time he heard thunder on a golf course. “I’ll hold up a one-iron,’’ he said of the seldom-used golf club, “because even God can’t hit a one-iron.’’ Trevino finished his career with eighty-nine victories, including six majors. He was born on December 1, 1939, and lives in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

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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