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At 90 of prostate cancer, baseball historian and former SI senior writer and senior editor Robert W. Creamer. A combat veteran of World War II who worked in advertising after his discharge, he was hired as a writer at SI's founding in 1954 and was associated with the magazine for the rest of his life. Creamer (below) was an acclaimed author who wrote biographies of Babe Ruth and Casey Stengel that Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley hailed as the two best sports biographies ever. He was also a commentator in Ken Burns's multipart television documentary Baseball in '94. At SI, Creamer was a gentlemanly presence, a graceful writer and a meticulous editor who mentored younger colleagues with a gentle touch. Former SI managing editor John Papanek recalls that it was Creamer who gave him his first writing assignment, in '74. "Bob took me into his office and heavily edited it, patiently explaining the clear purpose behind each pencil stroke," Papanek says. "When he finished and it read perfectly, he said, 'John, you really did a beautiful job.' It was like Rembrandt lavishing praise on the guy who delivered the paint."