He has the ability to see the big picture and respond in an instant.
He is to me, and to many, the embodiment of the goodwill that our games inspire. Every day he reminds us of why this game is forever our national pastime.
In all honesty, I don’t ever feel I’ve done anything. Somebody will say, ‘You’ve done 19 no-hitters and three perfect games.’ And I think I just happened to be there. It’s not something I can take any pride in. I am humbled, believe me, for being given the honor of working the games all these years.

Dodgers announcer Vin Scully will return next year for an unprecedented 66th season, the team has announced.

Top photo: Scully in front of a street sign marking Vin Scully Way at the Dodgers’ spring training complex in 1985. Credit: Los Angeles Times. Middle photo: Scully announces “It’s time for Dodgers baseball” before the team’s season opener in 2009. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times. Bottom photo: Scully prepares to call a game at Dodger Stadium in 2012. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

It’s not a mascot. It’s a unique performance character.

Building a hockey rink in Dodgers Stadium

Saturday, right in the middle of Dodgers stadium, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks will face off in the first NHL regular season game held outdoors west of the Rocky Mountains.

But beyond the technical feat of having an ice rink in the middle of a warm L.A. January, there’s an intangible joy to the project.

As Dan Craig, the man leading the icy project put it:

"The satisfaction for me will be when the guys skate out there. Nobody has to tell me.

I’ll know well ahead of them what they’re going to feel, and I’ll know from how I see them skate and how I see their eyes and the expression on their face. When you get guys from 19 to 39 just grinning from ear to ear and loving being out there, that’s what we do.”

Read columnist Helene Elliott’s full story right here.

Photos: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times, Nick Ut / Associated Press

Meet the orthopedic surgeon to the stars
Dr. Neal ElAttrache has a simple practice - all he does with his surgical talents is regularly operate on athletes like Kobe Bryant and Zack Greinke, as the hopes and dreams of fans, and millions in team investment, sit anxiously in the waiting room.
And he isn’t limited to current athletes. Former governor, body builder and T-800 Arnold Schwarzenegger has strongly endorsed ElAttrache:

"Dr. ElAttrache is the real deal — one of the most talented surgeons I’ve met. He can fix what others say is unfixable. He is the ultimate asset for any athlete who goes to him because they need their bodies to perform at their best, whether it is on a football field or in the movies."

Learn how ElAttrache ended up as L.A.’s preeminent orthopedic surgeon in reporter Diane Pucin’s latest story here.
Photo: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Meet the orthopedic surgeon to the stars

Dr. Neal ElAttrache has a simple practice - all he does with his surgical talents is regularly operate on athletes like Kobe Bryant and Zack Greinke, as the hopes and dreams of fans, and millions in team investment, sit anxiously in the waiting room.

And he isn’t limited to current athletes. Former governor, body builder and T-800 Arnold Schwarzenegger has strongly endorsed ElAttrache:

"Dr. ElAttrache is the real deal — one of the most talented surgeons I’ve met. He can fix what others say is unfixable. He is the ultimate asset for any athlete who goes to him because they need their bodies to perform at their best, whether it is on a football field or in the movies."

Learn how ElAttrache ended up as L.A.’s preeminent orthopedic surgeon in reporter Diane Pucin’s latest story here.

Photo: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

The Cardinals beat the Dodgers for a place in the World Series

The Dodgers’ season ended with tonight’s 9-0 loss in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.

The Cardinals won the series, 4-2, and will play the winner of the American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. (The Red Sox currently lead the series, 3-2.)

Game 1 of the World Series is scheduled for Wednesday.

Top photo: The Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Dodgers. Credit: Elsa / Getty Images. Bottom photo: Dodger Mark Ellis walks away after striking out to end Game 6. Credit: David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Dodgers top Braves, move on to NLCS

imageIt’s been a team effort, but obviously, plenty of credit has to be given to Juan Uribe for turning two failed bunts into a climactic two-run home run to win the game last night, sealing at least another playoff series for the Dodgers. And to think everyone was worried about Clayton Kershaw pitching on short rest.

For all your Dodgers news, check out our recap of last night’s game, see what columnist Bill Plaschke had to say about the team’s stunning win and check out r/Dodgers, where the amazing gif above originated from.

The story behind the Dodgers’ celebratory swim

When the Dodgers celebrated their playoff-clinching victory in Arizona, photographer Wally Skalij was right beside them:

Midway through the locker room celebration, a player called for a celebratory swim. The next thing I know, I am running with at least 15 players toward the swimming pool in Chase Field, where the Dodgers had just beaten the Diamondbacks to clinch a playoff spot. Yasiel Puig does a swan dive; Hyun-Jin Ryu does a cannon ball. My feet are soaked and I am stressed about making deadline, but I am fairly certain the photos will work well.

See more of the team’s controversial dip over at Framework.

Photos: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

With a playoff berth clinched, here’s all you need to know about the Dodgers’ crazy season so far.

With a playoff berth clinched, here’s all you need to know about the Dodgers’ crazy season so far.

The greatest Dodger of all time: Sandy Koufax

What began with a simple question from sports writer Houston Mitchell: “Who are the 10 greatest Dodgers of all time?” turned into a massive wave of feedback, with 12,231 ballots surging in. And after a lengthy wait, we can finally reveal that the top Dodger of all time is legendary pitcher Sandy Koufax.

What made Koufax so great (beyond his victory on our ballot):

Koufax was the first pitcher to win multiple Cy Young Awards (1963, ‘65 and ‘66), as well as the first pitcher to win a Cy Young Award by a unanimous vote (1963, when he went 25-5 with a 1.88 ERA). Many people will tell you that the greatest pitcher in baseball history was Sandy Koufax on four days’ rest. Second greatest? Sandy Koufax on three days’ rest.

As for the rest of the top three, the groundbreaking Jackie Robinson came in second, and the longtime voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully, took third.

Many thanks to everyone who sent in a ballot, and feel free to check out the rest of the top-ranking Dodgers here!

Photos: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times, Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images

This weekend’s box office champ “42” isn’t the first film to bring Jackie Robinson’s story to the big screen - Robinson, oddly enough, actually played himself in the 1950 film “The Jackie Robinson Story.”
Today marks the 66th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball, with teams around the league marking Jackie Robinson Day. All players will be honoring the Hall of Fame inductee by wearing his number: 42.
Above, courtesy of our archives, is a shot of Robinson, Joe Nadel, and Al Green on the set of “The Jackie Robinson Story.” on Feb. 14, 1950.
Photo: Los Angeles Times

This weekend’s box office champ “42” isn’t the first film to bring Jackie Robinson’s story to the big screen - Robinson, oddly enough, actually played himself in the 1950 film “The Jackie Robinson Story.”

Today marks the 66th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball, with teams around the league marking Jackie Robinson Day. All players will be honoring the Hall of Fame inductee by wearing his number: 42.

Above, courtesy of our archives, is a shot of Robinson, Joe Nadel, and Al Green on the set of “The Jackie Robinson Story.” on Feb. 14, 1950.

Photo: Los Angeles Times

Happy Opening Day!

Though the 2013 baseball season technically began last night, today marks the beginning for teams outside of Texas - including the Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels.

Above is a look at some of the preparations and renovations the Dodgers have undertaken as part of a $100 million effort to rejuvenate their stadium. And that’s not even including the massive amount of cash the team has spent on new players over the past year.

Both teams, after missing the playoffs last year, are gunning to return to the postseason, whatever the cost.

Photos: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Vin Scully will be back in the booth next season: The legendary Dodgers broadcaster has been the sound of summer in Southern California for more than half a century. We are blessed to be able to pull up a chair and spend part of another year with him.
Photo: Vin Scully. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Vin Scully will be back in the booth next season: The legendary Dodgers broadcaster has been the sound of summer in Southern California for more than half a century. We are blessed to be able to pull up a chair and spend part of another year with him.

Photo: Vin Scully. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times