Meet the Hickok Belt Award® Winners

Past Hickok Belt Award ® winners are truly a select group – a veritable who’s who of sports icons. The award has celebrated the incredible careers of leading figures throughout sports. With names like Ali, Mantle, Brown, Namath, Palmer, Phelps and James it is an impressive list to be sure. To learn more about the amazing athletes behind the award including video highlights of their accomplishments, please enjoy the listings below.


Carl Yastrzemski (1967)

The son of a Polish American potato farmer and a Long Island native, Yastrzemski faced the daunting task of having to replace beloved Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams in left field in 1961. The man known as “Yaz’’ proved he was up to the task. In his twenty-three seasons, all with the Red Sox, he ripped 3,419 hits and 452 home runs, drove in 1,844 runs and batted .285. His greatest season occurred in 1967 when he won the Triple Crown by leading the American League in homers, RBI and average, helping the underdog Sox to their first pennant in more than two decades. After retiring at age forty-four in 1983, Yaz has kept a low public profile. He has worked as a roving instructor with the Red Sox and threw out the ceremonial first pitch before World Series games at Fenway Park in 2004 and ’07. Yastrzemski was born August 22, 1939 in Southampton, N.Y.

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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