Meet Ken Singleton in Baltimore
By Jon Lane
This release from the Sports Legends Museum:
BALTIMORE – Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards today announced that it will host a program with current YES Network analyst Ken Singleton on Saturday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m. while the Yankees are in Baltimore for a series with the Orioles. Singleton will offer his unique perspective on the 2009 AL East, discuss his role with the YES Network and comment on his days with Baltimore. Following the program, he will sign autographs for those in attendance. The program is free with paid admission to the Museum.
Singleton is in his seventh season with the YES Network, serving as both color commentator and play-by-play announcer for New York Yankees’ games. Before joining YES, he 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.
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, he was drafted by the Mets in 1967.
Singleton spent 15-years in Major League Baseball. He began his major league career in 1970 before being traded to Montreal in 1972. He was acquired by Baltimore in a trade with Montreal in 1974, and helped the Orioles win two pennants (1979 and 1983) and a World Championship in 1983. Over his career, Singleton was selected to the American League All- Star Team in 1977, 1979 and 1981. He was named Most Valuable Oriole in 1975, 1977 and 1979, and 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 was inducted into the Orioles’ Hall of Fame in 1986.
He is one of only six players in Major League Baseball history to hit 35 or more switch-hit homers in a season. In 1982, Singleton received the Roberto Clemente Award from Major League Baseball as the player who best epitomized the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.
Located adjacent to the main gate of Oriole Park, Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards consists of 22,000 square feet of artifacts and interactive exhibits profiling Maryland’s sports history, as well as legendary Yankees’ slugger Babe Ruth. Sports Legends Museum is owned and operated by the Babe Ruth Museum.