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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Neyer: R.I.P. Bob Creamer

Wednesday, Robert W. Creamer died. He had recently turned 90.

Creamer worked at Sports Illustrated for decades, and also gave us two brilliant baseball biographies, classic works on Babe Ruth and Casey Stengel.

The District Attorney Posted: July 19, 2012 at 12:56 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: books, history, obituaries, rob neyer, robert creamer

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   1. Steve Treder Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4187076)
I had the pleasure of meeting Creamer at the Nine conference a few years ago. Not only was he a great writer, he was a genuinely nice guy, a real fan of baseball, fun to talk with.
   2. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:55 PM (#4187112)
Jeez, I feel sort of guilty now for not having read that bio of Ruth yet. I've been meaning to for years and years now.
   3. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: July 19, 2012 at 02:05 PM (#4187127)
Just reread the Stengel book a couple of months ago. Good stuff. RIP.
   4. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: July 19, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4187188)
Love "Baseball in '41." RIP to a great writer.
   5. Perry Posted: July 19, 2012 at 03:09 PM (#4187199)
Baseball in '41, the Ruth and Stengel bios, all terrific. And I really enjoyed him in the Burns series too.
   6. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: July 19, 2012 at 08:01 PM (#4187545)
Jeez, I feel sort of guilty now for not having read that bio of Ruth yet. I've been meaning to for years and years now.
Well, you should have. Maybe he wouldn't be dead now.
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM (#4187551)
I bet you didn't read this either, did you, you murdering bastard?
   8. AndrewJ Posted: July 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM (#4187553)
INTERESTING FACT: Creamer flunked out of the journalism program at Syracuse (over 20 years before it became the Newhouse School).
   9. Leroy Kincaid Posted: July 19, 2012 at 08:29 PM (#4187571)
I read a Ruth bio about 20 years ago that I enjoyed. Don't recall if it was Creamer's.
   10. The District Attorney Posted: July 19, 2012 at 08:46 PM (#4187584)
I read a Ruth bio about 20 years ago that I enjoyed. Don't recall if it was Creamer's.
Never saw him write. Or maybe did.
   11. Bruce Markusen Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:08 PM (#4187650)
To have written two definitive biographies (Ruth and Stengel) is just phenomenal. A great, great writer.
   12. Rob_Wood Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:36 PM (#4187667)
Truly a great writer and made many important contributions to the Burns series. RIP.
   13. toratoratora Posted: July 20, 2012 at 03:55 AM (#4187773)
Fare the well to one of the great baseball writers. I've read lots of his stuff and it's pretty uniformly excellent (Including snagging both Babe and Stengal for free at the Book Thing-man, I love that place). Crazy 08 is just a fun book, one of the better histories of that era.
And on that note, I was zipping through Amazon checking out what he had written and came across a title called, The Imperfect Diamond, a History of Baseball Labor wars.
Anyone read it? If so, comments....

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