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.


Phil Rizzuto (1950)

Nicknamed “Scooter” because of his speed and diminutive stature, Rizzuto was the short-stop on seven of the New York Yankees World Series championship teams. He was named an American League All-Star five times and won the MVP award in 1950 after batting .324 while leading the Yanks to a four-game Series sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies. That season, which also earned him the first Hickok Belt Award, would be the highlight of a thirteen-season career that would see him bat .273 and be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995. The popular Rizzuto would achieve even greater fame during his forty-year career as a Yankees broadcaster. Fans loved his unpredictable digressions and his signature “Holy Cow!" call. The Brooklyn native died in 2007 at age eighty-nine. Rizzuto’s Hickok Belt Award is on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in Cooperstown.

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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