RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
Oprah is retiring while she's still on top. Commentator Frank Deford says that many athletes wait too long to quit. They have to make the decision much earlier in life than most of us. And for them, knowing when to hang it up often requires admitting defeat.
FRANK DEFORD: Every star - in every sport - who's getting a little long in the tooth ought to be told what happened exactly 76 years ago today. Babe Ruth hit three home runs - the last, a monstrous blast that soared out of the stadium itself. Wow, what a performance for a guy who was 40 years old.
B: But how rare it is for great players to admit that they've lost that talent they've had all their wondrous lives. So just that one good day, every now and then, is a powerful cocktail to sustain the illusion. See, I've still got it. But he doesn't.
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