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Originally published July 27, 2011 at 1:01 PM | Page modified July 27, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Rick Kaminski, Mariners' amazing 'Peanut Man,' dies

Rick Kaminski, the beloved "Peanut Man" at Safeco Field, died from a brain aneurysm Tuesday night at Evergreen Medical Center.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Rick Kaminski, the beloved "Peanut Man" at Safeco Field, died from a brain aneurysm Tuesday night at Evergreen Medical Center.

Kaminski, 67, was known for his ability to toss a bag of peanuts with speed and accuracy to Mariner fans, first at the Kingdome and then at Safeco Field. He had been selling peanuts at the games since 1977. "On behalf of everyone at the Seattle Mariners, our deepest sympathies go out to Rick Kaminski's partner Candi, his family, his many friends, and fans," Mariners President Chuck Armstrong said in a statement.

"Rick was a fixture at Seattle sporting events for as long as I can remember.

"His speed and accuracy with a bag of peanuts was matched by his quick wit and smile. He always seemed happy to see you, even if he was meeting you for the first time.

"Rick loved what he did and the fans loved him for it. He will be sorely missed at Safeco Field as well as Peoria, Arizona, where he got in his spring training along with everyone else."

Kaminski was known for his acrobatics with a bag of peanuts. Raise a hand, and he would send you the bag with a seamless behind-the-back underhand shot, or over his right shoulder or over his head. His skills were even showcased on "play of the day" clips on national TV.

He once said a good working knowledge of physics was critical for his tosses.

Kaminski was born and raised in Seattle and served in Vietnam. He also worked as a real-estate agent.

The Mariners will have a moment of silence before the national anthem at 6:35 p.m. Friday in honor of Kaminski.

Susan Gilmore: 206-464-2054 or sgilmore@seattletimes.com

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