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...