OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters Life!) - To all the things associated with baseball -- the crack of the bat, the smell of the grass, the peanuts, the Cracker Jack -- one can add a Warren Buffett bobblehead doll.
On Monday, the Omaha Royals will give away 1,000 of the dolls to the first fans who visit Rosenblatt Stadium to see the minor-league team play the Memphis Redbirds.
The doll depicts the 78-year-old Buffett, a minority owner of the Royals, as a pitcher in mid-windup.
It is based on a photo of Buffett throwing out the first pitch at a June 2008 home game for the Kansas City Royals, the Omaha Royals’ parent team.
“Mr. Buffett is one of the most famous people in America and around the world, and was gracious enough to allow us to use his likeness,” said the Omaha team’s marketing director, Rob Crain.
Buffett’s insurance and investment company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc, is holding its annual meeting in Omaha this weekend.
Monday is when the Omaha Royals next play at home. The team previously made a Buffett bobblehead doll in 2003, showing him holding a bat and briefcase.
Buffett is the world’s second-richest person, and regarded by many as the world’s greatest investor.
Berkshire’s weekend festivities, known as Woodstock for Capitalists, is Omaha’s biggest annual tourist draw other than the College World Series. It is a major undertaking, with events spread over three days throughout the city.
Yet Buffett still finds time to root, root, root for the home team.
“Being local, he is around,” Crain said. “He does stop in at games. My boss went in to see him yesterday. They talked about bobbleheads.”
Reporting by Jonathan Stempel; Editing by Steve Orlofsky