Robert Creamer

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Robert Creamer
Robert Creamer 1991.jpg
Creamer in 1991
Born Robert Watts Creamer
(1922-07-14)July 14, 1922
Bronxville, New York
Died July 18, 2012(2012-07-18) (aged 90)
Saratoga Springs
Occupation Sportswriter, editor
Alma mater Fordham University
Syracuse University
Notable work Babe: The Legend Comes to Life
Notable awards Henry Chadwick Award (2012)

Robert Watts Creamer (July 14, 1922 – July 18, 2012) was an American sportswriter and editor. He spent most of his career at Sports Illustrated.


Creamer was born on July 14, 1922 in Bronxville, New York. He grew up in Tuckahoe, New York and graduated from Tuckahoe High School in 1940.[1] He is survived by five children: James, Thomas, John, Ellen(Sitron) and Robert A. He is also survived by a sister, Jane Daych. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years: Margaret Schelz, a brother Gerard and older sister Martha. He also had step-sisters and a step brother: Eleanor Accles, Elizabeth Accles and William Accles.

He attended Fordham and Syracuse Universities but never graduated. In World War II, he fought in Germany and was wounded. Following his discharge, he worked in advertising as a copywriter and at Collier's Encyclopedia as an assistant editor.[1]

Creamer was one of the first hired on the staff of Sports Illustrated in 1954. He served the magazine as a senior editor from inception to 1984, and wrote the weekly Scorecard section of the magazine. He also wrote for The New York Times.

As an author, Creamer wrote what many consider the definitive biography of Babe Ruth, titled Babe: The Legend Comes to Life, in 1974.[2] Of Creamer's Babe, New Yorker editor and baseball writer Roger Angell wrote Ruth had "at last found the biographer he deserves in Robert Creamer." Creamer wrote seven other baseball related books, including biographies of Mickey Mantle, Casey Stengel, Ralph Houk, the sportscaster Red Barber and the umpire Jocko Conlan. He also wrote Baseball in '41: A Celebration of the "Best Baseball Season Ever" (1991) (later published in paperback as Baseball and Other Matters in 1941). Creamer's lone novel, A Resemblance to Persons Living and Dead, is loosely based on politics, personages, and the environs of Tuckahoe and the town of Eastchester, New York.

Creamer appeared in Ken Burns's 1994 documentary Baseball.

In retirement, Creamer occasionally wrote retrospective articles for SI and could be seen on television commenting on historical moments in sports, many of which he had covered. Creamer was a recipient of the 2012 Henry Chadwick Award from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).[3] He also appeared in Ken Burns' documentary Baseball and numerous other television baseball programs, including When It Was a Game.

Creamer died of prostate cancer on July 18, 2012 in Saratoga Springs.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c Martin, Douglas (July 19, 2012). "Robert W. Creamer, Biographer of Babe Ruth, Dies at 90". The New York Times. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ Bob Creamer/Babe Ruth(Yankees) Archived 2011-09-10 at Wikiwix, by Marty Appel
  3. ^ 2012 Chadwick Award recipients
  4. ^ Robert Creamer's obituary Archived 2012-07-25 at the Wayback Machine.