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.


Mickey Mantle (1956)

One of the most gifted and popular athletes of all-time, Mantle clubbed 536 home runs—many of them of the tape-measure variety—and won three MVP awards in his eighteen seasons with the Yankees. The switch-hitter from Oklahoma led the Bronx Bombers to the World Series twelve times and hit a record eighteen home runs in the Fall Classic. His greatest season was in 1956, when he led the major leagues in seven major statistical categories, including home runs (52), runs batted in (130) and average (.353). In 1969, he joined Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio as the only Yankees to have their uniform numbers permanently retired. Elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974, Mantle’s popularity continued to grow even in retirement.  Video >>

Pitoniak, Scott, Jewel of the Sports World: The Story of the Hickok Belt Award, Rochester New York: RIT Press, Copyright © 2010