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Lowenthal, Fred

Lowenthal was regarded as one of the University of Illinois' greatest linemen. Following his years with the Illini at the turn of the century, Fred returned to coach his alma mater. When he died, the Chicago-American called him, "one of the greatest football players the Middlewest ever produced."

Birth and Death Dates:
b. 1879 - d. October 4, 1931

Career Highlights:
An offensive lineman at the University of Illinois from 1898-1901, Lowenthal played center, left guard, and left tackle. A senior in 1901, he was named as Walter Camp All-Western center and Camp All-America honorable mention at a time when Westerners rarely made the All-America team. The Chicago Post named Fred to its All-Western team.

In 1904, Lowenthal was one of four alumni selected to coach Illinois. That year the Illini compiled a record of 9-2-1. The following year, Lowenthal took over as sole head coach and had moderate success with a record of 5-4-1, but Illinois did not win the conference title. After his one season as coach, Fred turned to sportswriting and law.

Chicago, Illinois

Career Dates:
Fred played at the University of Illinois from 1898-1901 and returned to coach at Illinois in 1904 and 1905.

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