December 26, 1889|
|Died: August 4, 1966
San Luis Obispo, California
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|April 25, 1911 for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 10, 1915 for the Detroit Tigers|
|Earned run average||2.98|
Tillar H. "Pug" Cavet (December 26, 1889 – August 4, 1966) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played three seasons for the Detroit Tigers in 1911, 1914, and 1915. He also played 22 seasons in the minor leagues from 1908 to 1930, compiling a minor league record of 291–243.
Cavet was born in McGregor, Texas, in December 1889. His father, Moses Cavet, was a Mississippi native and a farmer. At the time of the 1900 United States Census, Cavet was living with his parents, four older brothers, and an older sister on the family farm in the Justice Precinct of McLennan County, Texas.
Major League Baseball
Cavet appeared in 49 games for the Detroit Tigers, 22 as a starter and 27 as a relief pitcher. He had a career record of 11–9 with eight complete games, one shutout, and an earned run average of 2.98 in 226-1/3 innings. His best year was 1914 when he played in 31 games, pitched 151-1/3 innings and had an ERA of 2.44. He was among the American League leaders in 1914 in both games finished (13) and hit batsmen (9).
On September 15, 1914, Cavet was the pitcher when Nap Lajoie hit his 3,000th hit to become the third player to reach that mark. Honus Wagner and Cap Anson reached the mark before Lajoie. Cavet and the Tigers won the game 2–1.
Minor League Baseball
Cavet also played 22 seasons in the minor leagues from 1908 to 1930. His longest stay was six years with the Indianapolis Indians from 1918 to 1923. He also had his best years at Indianapolis, compiling records of 28–16 in 1919 and 23–16 in 1921. He also had 20-win seasons for the Mobile Sea Gulls in 1913 (23-12) and the Nashville Volunteers in 1917 (21-13). In 22 minor league season, he compiled an overall record of 291–243.
While playing for Indianapolis, he became one of the few pitchers in professional baseball history to record a loss without throwing a pitch. Cavet appeared in relief in the bottom of the ninth inning of a tie game with two outs and a man on third base. The winning run scored when Cavet was called for a balk while winding up to throw his first pitch.
Family and later years
- Draft registration card for Tillar Cavet, born December 26, 1889 at McGregor, Texas. Employed as a baseball player for the Nashville baseball club. Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Registration Location: Swisher County, Texas; Roll: 1983670; Draft Board: 0.
- Census entry for Moses Cavitt and family. Tillar listed as being born December 1889. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Justice Precinct 5, McLennan, Texas; Roll: T623_1658; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 88.
- "Pug Cavet". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
- Baseball Library
- "Pug Cavet Minor League Statistics". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
- "Do You Remember When". The Sporting News. December 17, 1931. p. 4.
- Census entry for Tillar and May Cavet, ages 30 and 28. Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Tulia, Swisher, Texas; Roll: T625_1847; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 232; Image: 622.
- "TILLAR CAVET DIES; FORMER TIGER HURLER". Chicago Tribune. August 6, 1966.
- "Cavet Dies". Reading Eagle. August 7, 1966.
- "Tillar H. "Pug" Cavet". Find-a-Grave.