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.


Mickey Mantle (1956)

One of the most gifted and popular athletes of all-time, Mantle clubbed 536 home runs—many of them of the tape-measure variety—and won three MVP awards in his eighteen seasons with the Yankees. The switch-hitter from Oklahoma led the Bronx Bombers to the World Series twelve times and hit a record eighteen home runs in the Fall Classic. His greatest season was in 1956, when he led the major leagues in seven major statistical categories, including home runs (52), runs batted in (130) and average (.353). In 1969, he joined Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio as the only Yankees to have their uniform numbers permanently retired. Elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974, Mantle’s popularity continued to grow even in retirement.  Video >>

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