Robert W. Creamer

In the early 20th century, Babe Ruth transformed baseball from a low-scoring strategic contest that emphasized speed into a clash of titans, in which a power hitter could win a game with a single stroke of the bat. But it was sports biographer Robert W. Creamer, who died on July 18 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at age 90, who transformed Babe Ruth in baseball fans' eyes, from a name on a candy bar into a flesh-and-blood hero who achieved greatness while continually struggling with his own frailties and excesses.
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