Ken Singleton is in his 20th season as a New York Yankees analyst for the YES Network. He also periodically handles play-by-play duties for the network. Singleton has won eight New York Emmy Awards while at YES.
The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country 15 of the last 17 years, is the exclusive local television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees, the Brooklyn Nets, MLS' New York City FC and WNBA's New York Liberty. The network has won 126 New York Emmy Awards since its 2002 launch.
Before joining YES, Singleton divided his time doing 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 did play-by-play and served as analyst for CIQC Radio, the Expos' flagship radio network. He was FOX Sports' lead analyst for its Saturday afternoon baseball broadcasts in 1996 and 1997. In 1997 and 1998, Singleton worked as a game analyst for Major League Baseball International.
Born in Manhattan and raised in nearby Mount Vernon, New York, 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 the old 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) established new Orioles single-season records. 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.
He retired after the 1984 season as a three-time All-Star with a 1983 World Championship ring (Orioles).
He was inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015. 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. Each year, he hosts a celebrity golf tournament in the Baltimore area benefiting the Cool Kids Campaign. In March 2012, Singleton received the "Denzel Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports" at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon's 100th Anniversary Gala.