Man in New Bedford Murder-Suicide Was Son of Red Sox All-Star
Earlier today, the bodies of 53-year-old George C. Scott III and his eight-year-old son Dante Hazard were discovered in a home at 1643 Phillips Road in New Bedford, the same house where 28-year-old Lisa Hazard, the boy’s mother, was last seen alive before disappearing in 2019.
According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Scott was a person of interest in Hazard’s disappearance, and detectives had searched the property two and a half weeks ago in connection to that case. A neighbor told WBSM that Scott’s car had been seized by authorities.
The D.A.’s Office said Scott is believed to have killed the boy before taking his own life. According to a Facebook post from her sister in the Facebook group “Let’s Bring Lisa Hazard Home!,” the boy turned eight years old yesterday.
The D.A.’s Office confirmed to WBSM that Scott was the son of former Red Sox player George “Boomer” Scott, a three-time All-Star first baseman who played for the Sox from 1966-71 and 1977-79. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals, and finished his MLB career in 1979 with the New York Yankees.
The elder Scott was also an eight-time Gold Glove winner and led the American League in home runs and RBIs in 1975. He is a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame and the Brewers Wall of Honor. He passed away in 2013.
The younger Scott was an outfielder who signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent in 1992.
He began his pro career with the Elmira Pioneers and moved up to the Lynchburg Red Sox in 1993. He played 136 games over the two seasons, hitting a career .240 with 41 RBIs in 400 at-bats before injuries forced him out of the game.
The younger Scott parlayed his baseball pedigree into a job with The Grading Authority, a company that grades the condition of sports cards, Pokemon cards, and other trading cards. According to TGA founder and president Mark Lemay, Scott was brought in to help “promote” the company, calling him an “excellent ambassador” in an article published just last month.
On May 14, Scott also announced on Twitter the forthcoming Boomer’s Base podcast. It does not appear that any episodes had been published.