5 Stock Pitches for Opening Day

Shares of these companies linked to baseball could be hits.

Baseball and investing fit like a ball and a glove. The obsession with statistics and analysis, the relentless pursuit of the best record, and heartbreaking losses are common to both (plus, there’s the brilliant synchronicity of Chicago Cubs and bear markets). So with Opening Day nigh, we thought it would be a good time to size up the stocks of baseball-related companies.

This isn’t as easy as it used to be. A bunch of esteemed public companies that used to own major-league teams have left the game. Anheuser-Busch (which merged with Belgium brewer Inbev in 2008) Walt Disney, Fox Entertainment Group and Time Warner have each sold their interests in the sport. Tribune Company still owns a 5% stake in the Chicago Cubs, but the stock trades in the over-the-counter markets because the company is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. But like a scout rovering the minor leagues for prospects, we’ve found five companies linked to the national pastime whose shares could be hits, from singles to home runs. All depend on baseball in one way or another for at least part of their revenue.

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Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance