Anthony Wright, known as "Tony the Peanut Man." (Source: Facebook)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -
The RiverDogs will honor a Lowcountry icon who passed away last year.
On April 12, the RiverDogs will honor Tony the Peanut Man who was known for his peanuts and his energetic, friendly personality.
The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a Tony The Peanut Man commemorative pin.
"The RiverDogs will honor a Charleston icon who passed away this past offseason and tip their sweetgrass caps to Tony the Peanut Man known for his unflappable cheer and crowd pleasing songs at The Joe over the years," officials said.
Wright started his career in the shipping and receiving department of Lockheed Aerospace.
But after the company downsized, he found himself without a job and homeless.
But that all changed when he met a man known for selling peanuts to the public who trained him. Wright added his trademark song and dance and began a new career that would span more than 20 years.
Since 1998, Wright has had his own line of peanut products and with his signature song and dance, bow-tie and basket in hand, he became a Lowcountry legend, endearing himself to fans and loyal customers at Joe Riley Park during RiverDogs games.
In May 2014, fans at Joe Riley Park received their own Tony the Peanut Man bobble-heads.
He was also a fixture at local high school and college sporting events and in the old market.