Carl “Hooks” Lind – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
A standout baseball and basketball player at Tulane University, Henry Carl “Hooks” Lind made his name in four seasons as a Major League baseball player with the Cleveland Indians (1927-30).
After making his pro debut with the Class B Peoria (Ill.) Tractors in 1926 and hitting .292, he spent the bulk of 1927 with the Denver Bears while also making his Major League debut with a 12-game cup-of-coffee with the Indians.
In 1928, Lind played in all 154 games for the Indians, batting .294 as a second baseman while finishing 15th in MVP voting. The rookie led the league in at bats (650), collected 191 hits (sixth in the league), 42 doubles (fifth) and led the Indians with 102 runs scored. In the field, he led American League second basemen with 390 putouts, 116 double plays and 6.1 chances per game. He teamed with Hall-of-Fame shortstop Joe Sewell to establish an American League double-play record (187) that stood for many years.
He was limited to 66 games and 225 at bats while hitting .240 in 1929 and then hit .246 in 24 games in 1930 before being sent down to play for the New Orleans Pelicans for whom he hit .307 in 49 games. He played for three teams, including 18 games with the Pelicans in 1931 and then played one final full season with the Pelicans in 1932. However, illness cut his career short.
A captain for both the baseball and basketball teams at Tulane, he was inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980.
Born September 19, 1903 in New Orleans, Lind died of stomach cancer on August 2, 1946 at the age of 42.