Tom Amberry (November 13, 1922 – March 18, 2017) was an American podiatrist who is best known for holding the Guinness world record for most consecutive free throws made, having made 2,750 of them in a row in a span of 12 hours over the course of November 15, 1993 at the age of 71. Amberry held the record for two and a half years before it was surpassed in April 1996 by Ted St. Martin. After setting his record, he worked with several teams, including the Chicago Bulls to help the players with their free throw shooting.
After graduating college he decided to forgo a two-year contract to play with the then-Minneapolis Lakers, choosing to attend podiatry school instead.His medical office was located on Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach, California.
A podiatrist is a medical professional devoted to the treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. The term originated in North America but has now become the accepted term in the English-speaking world for all practitioners of podiatric medicine. The word chiropodist was previously used in the United States, but it is now regarded as antiquated.
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He was offered a contract to join the newly established Minneapolis Lakers (the team soon moved to Los Angeles), but he opted to attend podiatry school instead.