Broadway Bill Schuster, whose antics with the Los Angeles Angels made him a popular attraction in the Pacific Coast League, died Sunday at the age of 73. Schuster, a shortstop, had a brief stint in the major leagues, and played on the Chicago Cubs' last World Series team, in 1945. But he is best remembered for his stunts with the Angels.
Called the Poor Man's Al Schacht, the Clown Prince and Madman Muntz II, Schuster delighted fans with his clowning. Schuster, the league's Most Valuable Player in 1944 and 1946, was known to slide back into home plate when he knew he would be a sure out at first, or to cut across the diamond instead of running into second on a sure double play. He often climbed screens to scare hecklers or jumped into the stands to applaud plays. Once, after being called out on a close play, Schuster pretended to faint.