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.


Rocky Marciano (1952)

The son of an Italian immigrant shoemaker, Marciano dropped out of high school after finishing the tenth grade and joined the army where he honed his boxing skills. He began his professional career in 1948 and became the heavyweight champion of the world in 1952. The Brockton, Massachusetts, native held the crown for four years and retired as the only undefeated champion in history, going 49-0 with forty-three knockouts. After retiring from the ring, he spent time working as a boxing referee, commentator and dinner speaker. He was killed in a plane crash on August 31, 1969, at age forty-five.

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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