Longtime YES Network broadcaster Ken Singleton is set to receive a special career award. Singleton has been named winner of the Denzel Washington Lifetime Achievement in Sports from the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon.
The honor is part of the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon’s 100th annivesary gala on March 24, 2012.
Two-time Oscar winner Washington, who hosts the event, and Singleton are products of Mount Vernon and distinguished alumni of the Boys and Girls Club.
“His outstanding career on the baseball diamond and in the broadcast booth have distinguished him as a true champion,” Boys and Girls Club President Danny Sawh and executive director Lowes Moore said in a joint statement. “The Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon has been a bulwark against delinquency and a recreational outlet for youngsters for a century, and we hope today’s y0ungsters will follow in his giant footsteps.”
Raised in Mount Vernon, Singleton played baseball and basketball in high school, and also was a star baseball player for the Bronx Federation League at Macombs Dam Park, across from Yankee Stadium.
After graduating from Hofstra University, Singleton was drafted by the Mets in 1967. But his best years came with the Orioles. He still holds several single-season team records. Additionally, Singleton is one of only six players in major league history with 35 or more switch-hit homers in a season.
Off the field, Singleton was recognized as the Roberto Clemente Award winner in 1982. The trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the game, sportsmanship, and community involvement.
He made the move to the Yankees broadcasting booth in 1997 with MSG Network. Singleton starts his 10th season working as an analyst for YES telecasts alongside Michael Kay. Singleton also handles play-by-play duties on several games.