Carl R. Pohlad (August 23, 1915 – January 5, 2009) was a successful financier and the owner of the Minnesota Twins baseball franchise from 1984 (succeeding Calvin Griffith) until his death in 2009.
Carl Pohlad was born on August 23, 1915, to a poor Slovak family in Des Moines, Iowa. He grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines in 1934. He attended and played football for Compton Junior College in Southern California for a short time. Bing Crosby saw him play football and recruited him to play for his alma mater Gonzaga University in Washington. Pohlad attended Gonzaga but dropped out after the football season of his senior year.
He was drafted to serve in WWII serving from 1943 to 1946. During his time in the service, he fought in Europe, spending some time in France, Germany, and Austria. Pohlad was scheduled to participate in the Normandy Invasion (D-Day), but a case of Poison Oak kept him out of the invasion's early stages. He was wounded in battle, and was awarded the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal.