James Willard Pofahl
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Faribault High School
- Debut April 16, 1940
- Final Game September 20, 1942
- Born June 18, 1917 in Faribault, MN USA
- Died September 14, 1984 in Owatonna, MN USA
Jimmy Pofahl as a rookie in 1940 was the regular shortstop for the Washington Senators and continued to play with the team in 1941 and 1942. Born in Minnesota, he hit .302 for the Minneapolis Millers in 1939 before he came to the majors and after his major league time he went back to Minneapolis in 1943.
Pofahl had developed a reputation at Minneapolis as a whiz at shortstop but injured his arm and wasn't able to impress defensively in the majors. Washington tried to cancel the deal with Minneapolis (they had paid $40,000 for Pofahl). Source: The Washington Senators: 1901-71.
The Senators moved Cecil Travis off shortstop to make room for Pofahl, but moved Travis back there in 1941.