Michael Yastrzemski died last year

Updated: May 5, 2005, 6:03 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- The son of Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski stole his father's identity and ran up thousands of dollars in debt before he died last year.

Carl Yastrzemski's lawyer said Michael Yastrzemski incurred debts including an IRS lien for $46,000 in unpaid taxes and credit card debt described only as being under $100,000.

Attorney Neil Abbott told the Boston Herald that the younger Yastrzemski impersonated his famous father to get the credit cards.

Michael Yastrzemski died last September at the age of 44 from complications following hip surgery. The younger Yastrzemski was a standout baseball player at Florida State and played in the minor leagues, reaching Triple-A.

At the time of his death, he was living in Westfield, Mass., and working at a Northampton, Mass., supermarket.

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