Former Cardinals catcher and longtime broadcaster Joe Garagiola died in March at the age of 90. (File photo) 

A look back at notable figures from the St. Louis sports world who died in 2016 (listed in alphabetical order):

Phil Gagliano: A reserve infielder for the Cardinals during the 1960s, Gagliano died on Dec. 21 in Memphis, He was 74. Gagliano played for the Cardinals for eight seasons, from 1963-1970 as part of an 11-year career. His best year with the Cardinals was 1965, when he played in 122 games, hitting .240 with eight homers and 53 RBI.

Joe Garagiola: A native of The Hill, where he was childhood friends with Yogi Berra, Garagiola was much better known as a broadcaster than he had been as a major-league catcher. Garagiola died at the age of 90 on March 23 in Phoenix. Garagiola played in the major leagues for nine years before launching a broadcasting career which lasted for 57 years and saw him receive the Ford Frick award by the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a member of the 1946 World Series champion Cardinals when he was a 20-year-old rookie. For much of his broadcasting career he worked or NBC as the play-by-play announcer on the Saturday Game of the Week.

Harry Gilmer: A longtime assistant coach in the NFL including with the football Cardinals, Gilmer died on Aug. 20 in O’Fallon, Mo. He was 90. During his playing career Gilmer was a star running back at Alabama, becoming the MVP of the 1946 Rose Bowl and the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL. He played nine years in the league before beginning his coaching career, which included two stints with the Cardinals, working on the staffs of Charley Winner, Jim Hanifan, Don Coryell and Bud Wilkinson.

Clyde Lovellette: The first of a select group of basketball players to play on an NCAA championship team, earn an Olympic gold medal and win an NBA title, Lovellette died on March 9 in North Manchester, Ind. He was 86. Lovellette’s 11-year pro career included four years with the St. Louis Hawks, from 1958 to 1962. The 6-foot-9 Lovellette later earned selection to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Paul Martel:
The longtime football coach at Saint Louis University High school died on Jan. 24 at the age of 91. Martel’s 1970 team won the Missouri Class 4A state championship. He was enshrined in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 after a 40-year coaching career, where his record was 285-105-22.

Lawrence Phillips:
A former running back for the Rams whose career was marked by off-field troubles, Phillips was found dead in his prison cell in California on Jan. 13. Phillips, 40, was serving a 31-year sentence for two incidents, driving a car into three teenagers and assaulting an ex-girlfriend. At the time of his death he also was a suspect in the murder of his former cellmate. After an outstanding career at Nebraska, Phillips was the first-round pick of the Rams in the 1996 draft, the sixth overall selection, but lasted less than two years in St. Louis and was out of the NFL by 1999.

Bill Plager: One of three brothers who all played for the Blues, Plager died on Jan. 3 at the age of 70. He was not as famous as his brothers Barclay or Bobby, all of whom were teammates from 1968 to 1972. A defenseman, Bill Plager was traded to the Blues in 1968 and played in 127games with the Blues during his nine-year career.

Rik Wilson: Also a defenseman during his career with the Blues, Wilson died on Jan. 22 in St. Louis. He was 53. Wilson was the 12th overall pick in the 1980 draft and played for the Blues from 1981 to 1986, when he was traded to Calgary in the deal that brough Joe Mullen to St. Louis.