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.


Tom Seaver (1969)

The longtime New York Mets pitcher lived up to his “Tom Terrific’’ nickname winning 311 games, three Cy Young Awards and making 12 All-Star teams during a career which saw him receive the highest percentage of votes ever by a Baseball Hall of Fame candidate (98.84 percent in 1992). He wound up pitching for four different teams, but he’ll always be remembered as a Met, whom he led to their miraculous World Series title in 1969. After delivering his last pitch for pay in 1986, Seaver began a baseball broadcasting career, and has done games for NBC and ABC as well as for regional networks that televise Mets and Yankees games. A vintner in Calistoga, California, Seaver devotes much of his time tending to his vineyards, where he has produced several award-winning wines. He was born November 17, 1944 in Fresno, California.

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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