Robert W. Creamer, a member of the original staff of Sports Illustrated when that magazine began publishing in 1954, died Wednesday, July 18, in Saratoga Springs. He was 90.
He is survived by his dear friend and companion, Barbara Eaton, of Saratoga Springs. His beloved first wife, Margaret Creamer, died in 2001, not long after their 53rd wedding anniversary.
Creamer is also survived by his five children: James and his wife Helena French Creamer of Boston; Tom of Downers Grove, IL; John and his wife Jeanne Longo of Morristown, NJ; Ellen Creamer Sitron of Gloucester, MA; and Robert A. Creamer and his friend Tracy Dilago of Hartsdale, NY.
Creamer, who was the son of Joseph J. and Marie Watts Creamer of Tuckahoe NY, is also survived by his sister Jane C. Daych of Mamaroneck NY. A brother, Gerard, and a sister, Martha, died before him.
He is survived too by six grandchildren– Gretchen Clarke (and her husband Doug); Sarah Guilbert (and her husband Rick); Faye Sitron; Lily Sitron; Nathan Creamer; and Lola Creamer — and nine great-grandchildren: Owen McCarthy, James Guilbert, Bruin Guilbert, Zoe Clarke, Riley Clarke, Noah Korff, Finn Korff, Dominic Connolly, and Paige Connolly. Creamer is also survived by many nieces and nephews, the much admired children and grandchildren of his siblings.
Creamer was a writer and editor for Sports Illustrated for more then thirty years before he retired. He wrote eight books during and after his years at the magazine. Perhaps the best known is his highly praised biography of George Herman (Babe) Ruth, published in 1974 and still in print nearly 40 years later. His 1984 biography of Casey Stengel, called “Stengel: His Life and Times.” has been described as “even better than the Ruth book.” Creamer wrote his first novel, “A Resemblance to Persons Living and Dead,” at the age of 88.
Memorial services in Saratoga Springs and in Tuckahoe, NY, are being planned for later this summer.