Hank Aaron: It changed me that I wanted to try to get out of the game. Really, for the first time I had felt like, as Dr. King said, “I’ve been to the mountaintop.” I’ve gotten as far as I’m going to go. I felt like there was nothing else for me to accomplish. I had hit the home run, broke the record, and that was it. I didn’t know anything else to do. I didn’t know anything else to do, and lo and behold, I got this call at the end of the year from my good friend, Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig. He wanted me to end my career in Milwaukee, which I had no intentions of doing. I had some very good friends of mine that flew here. We had dinner, and we talked about me spending two years more in Milwaukee. I really didn’t want to. I told them at the dinner table, in presence of my wife, I said, “Now listen, I want all you guys to know that I’m not the same ball player I was when I left Milwaukee. I can’t steal a base, I don’t play the outfield, I can’t do certain things. I don’t run as fast. I might think I’m running fast, but I’m not. I’m not doing things as fast as I used to. So you have to understand it.” “Well no, we just want you to come back and finish your career.” And I said, “Okay.” Because I was really thinking about — seriously, I probably would have — I was thinking about retiring.