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Tom Amberry, podiatrist who set world record with 2,750 straight free throws, dies at 94

Tom Amberry, podiatrist who set world record with 2,750 straight free throws, dies at 94

When Tom Amberry swished in his 2,750th consecutive free throw, there were all of 10 people watching history being made.

For 12 hours in a small rec center gym in Orange County, the retired Long Beach podiatrist had rhythmically lobbed in shot after shot, stopping only when a janitor said it was time to turn off the lights and lock up.

Nobody had ever done such a thing, at least not in the estimation of Guinness World Records, which keeps tabs on such feats.

“I could have made more — a lot more,” Amberry said. “But they were closing the gym, so they kicked me out.”

Amberry’s prowess at the free-throw line made him both a momentary celebrity and a...

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