Robert W. Creamer was born in Bronxville, New York on July 14, 1922. He attended Fordham University and Syracuse University, but never graduated. During World War II, he fought in combat for 30 days in Germany and was wounded. After his discharge, he worked as an advertising copywriter and as an assistant editor at Collier's Encyclopedia. He became one of the first writers for Sports Illustrated, where he worked until 1985. His first book, Babe: The Legend Comes to Life, was published in 1974. His other works include Stengel: His Life and Times, Baseball in '41: A Celebration of the Best Baseball Season Ever - in the Year America Went to War, and Season of Glory: The Amazing Saga of the 1961 New York Yankees written with Ralph Houk. He also contributed to films and television shows about baseball He died of prostate cancer on July 18, 2012 at the age of 90.