Stanley Irwin Bregman “was larger than life,” said his son, Albuquerque attorney Sam Bregman.
His father, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, grew up in Washington, D.C., served in the United States Coast Guard and had a long career in politics and law.
He was elected president of the Young Democrats of America during the 1956 Adlai Stevenson-Estes Kefauver presidential nomination. He subsequently worked on Hubert Humphrey’s failed attempt to win the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination, and then took up the cause of Lyndon Johnson.
Bregman, 83, who lived for 17 years in Albuquerque, died on May 8 in Santa Monica, Calif., where he had moved just last year for health reasons, said his son.
After graduating from George Washington University Law School, the elder Bregman formed a Washington law firm in 1965 that specialized in governmental relations and represented numerous Fortune 500 companies. His law firm also represented the Washington Senators baseball team, and it was Bregman who negotiated the sale of the team, which moved to Minneapolis and became the Twins. He later negotiated the hiring of baseball great Ted Williams as the manager for a new Washington Senators expansion team.
Bregman’s love of sports was legendary and something he passed on to his own children and grandchildren, said son Sam, who along with his brother Ben Bregman played baseball for the University of New Mexico Lobos.
“I played only briefly, but Ben played his entire college career, and my dad flew out from D.C. for many of the games,” said Sam. “He was there to see my one and only home run in college during a game with Brigham Young University.”
After his father moved to Albuquerque, he watched as Sam’s son, Alex, who played baseball for Albuquerque Academy, set the state record of 19 home runs in one season. “I guarantee you my dad saw every one of his grandson’s home runs,” said Sam.
Alex Bregman now plays baseball at Louisiana State University and last year was named as national freshman of the Year in college baseball.
During the 17 years Stanley Bregman lived in Albuquerque, he was involved in Democratic Party politics and served as a precinct chairman and member of the state Central Committee of the Democratic Party.
Sam Bregman is currently chairman of the state party.
Stanley also loved horse racing, said Sam.
“The regulars at the Downs of Albuquerque knew my dad as ‘Stan the Man.’ He loved betting on the ponies, just like his father before him did back in Maryland at Pimlico, Bowie and Laurel Park. My dad was actually a pretty good handicapper.”
Stanley Bregman “lived a great =and full life,” said Sam. “He loved people and people loved him. He will be sorely missed.”