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Globetrotter Harold 'Bunny' Levitt dies at 96

5/3/2006 - NBA

OCALA, Fla. -- Harold "Bunny" Levitt, who played for the
Harlem Globetrotters and was famous for accurate free-throw
shooting, died Sunday of natural causes, his wife said. He was 96.

Using his underhanded style, Levitt made a record 499
consecutive free throws in 1935 at a Chicago Sun-Times-sponsored
event. He then toured with the Globetrotters for 4½ years.

In 1954, Quaker Oats issued a trading card commemorating his
skill at the line, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.

"He was a great athlete," his wife Edith Levitt said. "He
liked life. He was always up. That was his personality."

Levitt was born in Chicago and his mother called him "Bunny"
because he was small and quick.

After touring with the Globetrotters, Levitt became a salesman
with the shoe company Converse and assisted with basketball clinics
sponsored by the company.

Levitt met his wife while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps
during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, daughter, Ellen, and sister, Josie
Lustig.

Funeral services will be held Thursday in Ocala.