Aaron transcended baseball

Thirty years ago on Opening Day, four days before he hit No. 715, Hank Aaron tied Ruth ... and Joe Morgan was on the field.

Originally Published: April 8, 2004
By Joe Morgan | Special to ESPN.com

My most cherished memory of Hank Aaron as a player came 30 years ago on Opening Day in Cincinnati. In his first at-bat, in the first inning, Hank hit home run No. 714 to tie Babe Ruth's record.

I was playing second base for the Reds. As he was trotting toward me, I didn't know what to do. I wanted to reach out and give him a hug, but that would have embarrassed my pitcher, Jack Billingham, who gave up the homer. I never wanted to do anything on the field to show anybody up, so that ...

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