CARL STEINFELDT, Rochester, New York & Florida

Inducted 1972

Player: Carl Steinfeldt won the 1976 World Championship in a playoff, with a 35-3 record and averaged 82.7% ringers that year.  In his career, he qualified for the Men’s Championship Class 21 times, winning over 77% of his games (510 wins) and averaged 80.28% ringers.  He also had 5 runner-up finishes and three 3rd place finishes.  In 1964, along with Elmer Hohl, he set a world’s record at 15 consecutive four –deads and that record still stands.  Carl won the New York State Championship 22 times between the year 1939-1979 and 14 Florida State Championships.  He won 13 straight from 1980 to 1992, then came out of retirement in 1998 and won a final title at age 80.  In 1982 Carl pitched a 50-shoe perfect game at a Clearwater tournament.  At the time of his death, he was a lifetime member with 74 years, the most of any NHPA member.  Carl passed away on March15, 2006 at age 88.