Q: How complete is the pain-relief?

A: I’m able to do anything I want to. I played 18 holes of golf in Florida recently, I walk on the treadmill, do some leg presses with weights. I haven’t played tennis yet, but I plan to. I am totally pleased.

Q: Why did you get involved with the Arthritis Foundation and what has it meant to you?

A: My main reason to get involved is that I want people to get back in the game, whatever that means to them. I want people to be able to play golf, walk, ride a bike, play with their grandkids. I want people to know that they need to be active and that they can be. For me, one of the most important things was to be able to play with my grandson, who is 11 years old. When I go to the house, the first thing he wants me to do is go out on the basketball court. Now, I’m able to tire him out a little on the court.

Q: How happy are you with the current state of baseball?

A: I’m pleased with it compared to where it was two or three years ago, when it was polarized with the drug issue. I am satisfied that the commissioner has done a tremendous job cleaning up something that had been mushrooming. Still, I have some problems trying to understand why there are not many blacks playing baseball. It is a concern of everyone in the game.

Seeing what a kid like Jason Hayward in Atlanta is doing is encouraging. He’s part of what we are trying to do. And there are more Jasons out there, maybe not quite as talented, but there are major leaguers out there that need to be tapped.

Baseball is such a great game and I think we need to try to help some of these athletes who are great at baseball, football and basketball become pro baseball players. Years ago, you’d see a Deion Sanders come through, or a Bo Jackson, who would try to play two sports. You are going to hurt yourself doing that. Certain parts of the body need to be strong for baseball, like the forearms. Deion could have been an excellent ball player for a long time. Same with Bo. When we have players of that category, we’ve got to make sure they stay in our sport. We’ve got so much to offer, I think more than other sports. We’ve got one of the best pension plans in all of the world, and our salaries are guaranteed. I don’t think we sell ourselves enough to minorities or to anyone. A mother or father of a minority athlete starts thinking when they are 13 or 14 years old that football is the way to get a scholarship to college. That’s tough to argue against.

Q: Other than hitting No. 715 (Aaron beat Babe Ruth’s record, hitting 715 career homeruns in 1974), what are some of your best baseball moments?

A: It’s hard for me to put a finger on just one. I had some great moments in the World Series, All-Star games and the regular season. If I had to pick one, it’d be the homerun I hit to clinch the first pennant for Milwaukee (Sept. 23, 1957). We had blown the pennant the year before to the Dodgers. We were in a slump again, and we were playing the same Cardinals team that knocked us off the year before. Billy Moffett pitching and I hit an 11th inning homerun to give us a 4-2 win. Milwaukee was, and is, such a great baseball town. Back then there wasn’t much to do during the summer other than baseball. It’s more like Atlanta now. But back then, we were it.