Meet the 32 winners of the original The Hickok Belt Award.

Past Hickok Belt™ Award winners were truly a select fraternity. It’s a list that reads like a Who’s Who of twentieth century American sports. The award celebrated the pinnacle, of the Hall of Fame careers of such icons as Muhammad Ali, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Jim Brown, Mickey Mantle, Joe Namath and Arnold Palmer. An impressive list to be sure, but no more impressive than each winner’s individual stories— simply click here to learn more about each of them.


Allie Reynolds (1951)

A native of Bethany, Oklahoma, Reynolds was a major contributor to six Yankee championship teams, including those that won a Major League-record five straight World Series from 1949-53. Called “Super Chief” by his teammates because he was one-quarter Creek Indian, Reynolds posted a 182-107 record and a 3.30 earned run average during his big-league career. His best year was in 1951 when he went 17-8 and became the first American League pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a single season. He retired following the 1954 season and had a successful career in business. The baseball field at his alma mater, Oklahoma State, is named after him. He died in 1994 at age seventy-seven.

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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