The Houston Astros have generously donated a game-used bat from third baseman Alex Bregman to the Houston Jewish History Archive at Rice University. Bregman, who grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, celebrated his bar mitzvah at Congregation Albert in 2007. His walk-off single in Game 5 of last year’s World Series helped catapult the Houston Astros to their first championship. Many Jewish Houstonians, reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey only a few months earlier, exulted in the contributions of a Jewish player to the Astros’ World Series run.
This bat was used by Alex Bregman during the Astros’ home opener game against the Baltimore Orioles on April 2, 2018. It features an authentication hologram from Major League Baseball.
The mission of the Houston Jewish History Archive (HJHA) at Rice University is to collect, preserve, and make available the documents, photographs, artifacts, and memories that tell the story of Jewish life in Houston and South Texas. Our collections are housed in the Woodson Research Center in Rice’s Fondren Library. For more information about the archive, or for information about donating historical records and supporting our work, please contact Dr. Joshua Furman, the director of the archive, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-348-3418.