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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.

 

Sandy Koufax (1963 & 1965)

The hard-throwing left-hander tossed four no-hitters and won three Cy Young Awards in a Baseball Hall of Fame career that was cut short by an arthritic elbow. A native of Brooklyn, Koufax played basketball and baseball at the University of Cincinnati before signing a contract with the Dodgers and making his big-league debut in 1955. After overcoming control problems in the early years of his career, Koufax strung together some of the most dominating pitching seasons in baseball history. He became the first pitcher to average fewer than seven hits allowed per nine innings and to strike out more than nine batters per nine innings pitched over the course of his career. After retiring, he spent six seasons as a broadcaster for NBC baseball telecasts. He also has worked as a pitching instructor at spring training. Koufax was born on December 30, 1935.

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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