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.


Maury Wills (1962)

A native of Washington, D.C., Wills didn’t make it to the major leagues until his 1959 promotion to the Los Angeles Dodgers at age twenty-seven. His base-stealing helped revolutionize the game of baseball. He led the National League in stolen bases six consecutive seasons, including 1962 when he had 104 pilfers to break the record Ty Cobb set forty-seven years earlier. That feat earned the switch-hitting shortstop the NL MVP award as well as the Hickok Award. After retiring in 1968 with a .281 career average and 586 stolen bases, Wills worked as a baseball analyst for NBC and managed the Seattle Mariners for two seasons. Born October 2, 1932, Wills works as a radio color commentator on broadcasts of RedHawks minor-league baseball games in Fargo, N.D.

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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