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.


Steve Carlton (1972)

Known as “Lefty,’’ Carlton finished his career with the second most wins (329) and strikeouts (4,136) by any left-handed pitcher in baseball history. He was the first pitcher to win four Cy Young Awards and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. Angered by reporters who questioned his training methods, Carlton stopped speaking with the media during the 1973 season. Interestingly, the sportswriters didn’t hold it against him when he became eligible for the Hall of Fame as he received 96 percent of the votes, one of the highest percentages ever. The Philadelphia Phillies, the team he is most associated with, retired his number thirty-two and honored him with a statue outside Veterans Stadium that has been moved to Citizens Bank Park. Carlton was born December 22, 1944, in Miami, Florida.

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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