The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country the past 10 years, is the exclusive television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Nets. YES, which has earned 266 Emmy Award nominations and 55 Emmy Awards since its March 2002 launch, also televises original biography, studio and magazine programs, in addition to college sports.
Before joining YES, Singleton divided his time calling play-by-play and providing commentary on Yankees telecasts on the MSG Network. In 1998, he was part of MSG's production team that won four New York Emmys for its Yankees coverage.
Singleton joined the MSG Network in 1997 from The Sports Network (TSN), where he served as analyst for the Montreal Expos from 1985 to 1996. From 1991-96, he also called play-by-play and served as analyst for CIQC Radio, the Expos' flagship radio network. In 1996 and 1997, he was named by FOX Sports as a lead analyst for Saturday afternoon baseball broadcasts. In 1997 and 1998, he worked as an analyst for Major League Baseball International.
Born in Manhattan and raised in nearby Mount Vernon, N.Y., Singleton played both baseball and basketball in high school, and also played baseball in the Bronx Federation League at Macombs Dam Park, across the street from Yankee Stadium. After receiving a basketball scholarship to Hofstra University and playing baseball as well for one year, Singleton was drafted by the Mets in 1967.
In April 1972, he was traded to the Expos and, in 1974, he was traded to the Orioles. His .438 on base percentage (in 1977), 118 walks (in 1975) and 35 switch-hit home runs (in 1979) are all still Orioles single season records.
Singleton is one of only six players in Major League Baseball history to hit 35 or more switch-hit homers in a season. During his career, Singleton was named to the American League All- Star Team in 1977, '79 and '81. He was named Most Valuable Oriole in 1975, '77 and '79.
Singleton received the Roberto Clemente Award from Major League Baseball -- the highest off-the-field honor in baseball -- in 1982. The award recognizes the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team.
Currently, Singleton serves on the Board of Directors for the Cool Kids Campaign, a non-profit organization that helps children and their families who are dealing with cancer. In March 2012, Singleton received the "Denzel Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports" at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon's 100th Anniversary Gala.
He retired after the 1984 season as a three-time All-Star with a 1983 World Championship ring.< Play Ken Singleton trivia < return to announcers homepage