Ken Singleton Biography
Ken Singleton is an American television sports commentator. He was previously a professional baseball player. He played as an outfielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, Montreal Expos, and Baltimore Orioles.
Singleton grew up in a house in Mount Vernon, New York. It was once owned by the family of former Brooklyn Dodger Ralph Branca. Singleton sits on the Board of Directors for the Cool Kids Campaign. Cool Kids Campaign is a non-profit organization based in Towson, Maryland. One of Singleton’s roles on the Board of Directors is to host the Celebrity Golf Tournament each June.
James’ wife Susan McCarthy picked Ken Singleton as one of the best-looking players in the 1970s. He was picked in the 1986 edition of the Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. James wrote that, upon reading the entry, Singleton sent her a thank-you card.
Ken Singleton Age
Kenneth Wayne Singleton was born as Kenneth Wayne Singleton. He was born on 10 June 1947 in New York, New York, United States. He is 71 years old as of 2018.
Ken Singleton Family
He was born to Joe Singleton and Lucille Singleton. Singleton is also the cousin to “Doc” Rivers. “Doc” Rivers is a former NBA player and current Los Angeles Clippers head coach Glenn.
Ken Singleton Spouse|Ken Singleton Kids
He is married to Suzanne Molino Singleton. Ken has four children. They are Jellica Singleton, Justin Singleton, Dante Singleton, and Matthew Singleton. Justin Singleton is a former minor league outfielder.
Ken Singleton Baseball career
Singleton played both baseball and basketball in high school. He also played baseball in the Bronx Federation League at Macombs Dam Park. The park is across the street from Yankee Stadium. Singleton was drafted out of Hofstra University by the New York Mets.
He was the third overall pick in the 1st round of the 1967 Major League Baseball draft. He made his major league debut with the Mets on June 24, 1970, at the age of 23. In April 1972, he was part of a package traded to the Montreal Expos for Rusty Staub.
His best year of the three in Montreal was 1973. He led the league in on-base percentage and collected 23 home runs, 103 RBIs and a .302 batting average.
He was acquired along with Mike Torrez by the Baltimore Orioles from the Expos in exchange for Dave McNally, Rich Coggins and pitcher Bill Kirkpatrick on December 4, 1974. During his ten years in Baltimore, Singleton played the best baseball of his career.
He played as the Orioles, won two pennants, in 1979 and 1983. Singleton also won the 1983 World Series. In 1977, he posted a career-high .328 batting average, third highest in the American League. In 1979 he had career-highs with 35 home runs and 111 RBIs. Singleton played in his final major league game on September 25, 1984, at the age of 37.
Ken Singleton Career stats
Singleton played in 2,082 games a fifteen-year major league career. He accumulated 2,029 hits in 7,189 at-bats for a .282 career batting. Singleton averaged along with 246 home runs, 1,065 runs batted in and an on-base percentage of .388. He also had a career .980 fielding percentage.
Singleton also ranks among the Orioles all-time leaders in numerous offensive statistics. An All-Star in 1977, 1979 and 1981, he won the Roberto Clemente Award in 1982. His highest finish in the Most Valuable Player Award balloting was in 1979. Singleton finished second to Don Baylor. He was third in 1977, behind Al Cowens and the winner, Rod Carew.
Ken Singleton Broadcasting career
Singleton began his broadcasting career 1n 1980s. This was after retiring as a baseball player. He began as a sportscaster for WJZ-TV in Baltimore in and TSN in Canada. Singleton first began as a color commentator on telecasts for the Toronto Blue Jays. He later worked as a television color commentator and as a radio play-by-play and color commentator for the Montreal Expos.
Singleton is currently a commentator for the New York Yankees on the YES Network. He is also serving as both a color commentator and play-by-play announcer. He’s working along with partner and play-by-play announcer Michael Kay. Singleton also worked as an announcer for Yankee games on the MSG Network. This was before the inception of YES and joined the Yankees broadcasting team in 1997.
His trademark calls include “This one is gone” for a home run and “Look out!” for a hard hit foul ball into the crowd or dugout, or when a pitch comes close to/hits a batter. He will also occasionally call a pitch a “chuck and duck” for a ball hit right back toward the pitcher. He also calls a pitch down the heart of the plate a “cookie”. On March 12, 2018, Singleton initially announced that he would be retiring from the broadcasting booth after the 2018 season. On August 9, 2018, he announced that he had decided to postpone his retirement until after the 2019 season instead.
Ken Singleton Net worth
His salary is estimated t be around $1 million. His net worth is also estimated to be about $5 million.