Fred Major Sr.
Fred Major Sr.

 

 

Fred Major Sr. (1920)

Fred Major Sr. was one of Champaign's greatest all-around athletes and one of the school's greatest coaches. Fred starred in four sports and won 10 letters at Champaign. He was a quarterback on three consecutive undefeated state championship teams. In 1917 Hyde Park and in 1918 Oak Park refused to play the Maroons for the state title. During an 81-0 rout of Springfield, Major scored six touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown run. The following game, Major returned a kickoff 100-yards in a 42-0 defeat of Decatur. In his senior year the Maroons outscored its opponents 294-12. He was a two-time All-State selection in football and an All-State selection in basketball as a senior. Major led the Maroons in scoring during the state tournament in junior and senior years as CHS. In 1919, Champaign advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to Springfield High. In 1920 CHS lost to Olney in the Sweet Sixteen. He was a hitting star in baseball with pesky line drives. In track, Fred was a star in the long jump and hurdles and won a Michigan state meet for CHS by scoring 17 points, the team's entire total. He placed second in state three times, twice in 220-yard hurdles and once in the long jump. In one track meet against Urbana Fred was the key man, scoring 45 points against the Tigers. He later coached CHS's football team, posting a .720 winning percentage and five Big 12 titles in eight seasons.