Riverdogs celebrate life of Tony the Peanut Man

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — The Charleston RiverDogs plan to honor a Charleston icon Wednesday night.

April 12 will be "Tony the Peanut Man Night" to honor Anthony Wright who passed away last November of natural causes.

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He frequently attended Lowcountry sporting events and was a regular vendor at Charleston RiverDogs games. The 63-year-old danced his way into the hearts and stomachs of many people as he sold peanuts.

As part of a weekly "Wardrobe Wednesday" giveaway presented by WEZL and ABC News 4, the first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a Tony the Peanut Man commemorative lapel pin.

The celebration of Tony's lasting impact on the Holy City will continue long after the last base is run Wednesday night. All season long, the RiverDogs will toss out bags of Tony's famous boiled peanuts to the crowd during the seventh inning stretch for all 70 home games.

Also, Riverdogs officials said a portion of all peanut sale proceeds throughout the 2017 season at The Joe will go towards the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Tony's sister told ABC News 4 Tony had been fighting the disease when he passed.

Tony's family says they will continue cook peanuts for the community using Tony's recipe.

Wednesday's game starts at 7:05 p.m. as the RiverDogs take on the Augusta GreenJackets.

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