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RiverDogs honors beloved Lowcountry icon with 'Tony the Peanut Man Night'

Anthony Wright, known as "Tony the Peanut Man," died Nov. 22. (Source: Facebook) Anthony Wright, known as "Tony the Peanut Man," died Nov. 22. (Source: Facebook)
The first 1,000 fans through the gate received a Tony the Peanut Man commemorative pin. (Source: Live 5) The first 1,000 fans through the gate received a Tony the Peanut Man commemorative pin. (Source: Live 5)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The RiverDogs paid tribute to a Lowcountry legend Wednesday night.

"Tony the Peanut Man Night" honored the late Anthony Wright, the man known for his peanuts and the energetic, friendly persona that helped him sell them over the years.

The first 1,000 fans through the gate received a Tony the Peanut Man commemorative pin.

Wright's roommate, William Lee, joined family and friends to pay tribute to him.

"Tony loved to put a smile on every face that he'd see," Lee said. "So on behalf of my brother, I'm going to try to carry that same tradition."

Wright, who died in November, 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.

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