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.


Ben Hogan (1953)

Known for his fluid swing and superb shot-making ability, “Bantam Ben” won sixty-eight professional golf tournaments during his career, including three majors—the Masters and U.S. and British Opens—during his Hickok-winning year in 1953. The sensational season capped a remarkable comeback from a near-fatal automobile accident on a fog-shrouded bridge east of Van Horn, Texas, on February 2, 1949. His triumphant return was depicted by Hollywood in the film Follow the Sun: The Ben Hogan Story. In 1953, Hogan started his own company to manufacture golf clubs and golf equipment. The Stephenville, Texas, native died in 1997 at age eighty-four.

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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