Records are inherently transitory

"I don't want to be Babe Ruth. He was a great ballplayer. I'm not trying to replace him. The record is there and damn right I want to break it, but that isn't replacing Babe Ruth."

    -- Roger Maris, 1961

"I don't care how many home runs Aaron or anyone else hits. They cannot replace the Babe. Lindbergh was the first man to fly nonstop across the Atlantic. Nobody remembers who was the second or third. So it is with the Babe."

    -- Mrs. Babe Ruth, 1973

"Babe Ruth will always be No. 1. Before I broke his record, it was the greatest of all. Then I broke it, and suddenly the greatest record is Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak."

    -- Henry Aaron, 1973