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.


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