Dickinson long was among the steadiest performers on the pro tour. His breakthrough came in 1971 when he won the USBC Open Championships Classic All-Events title and finished third in two other events. Dickinson had one of his best years in 1983 when he won the U.S. Open and earned $60,000. He continued strong in 1997, winning the USBC Senior Masters. He was the recipient of the PBA Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award in 1972, 1973 and 1974 and was 1993 PBA Senior Player of the Year.