McNair was called Boob after the Rube Goldberg cartoon character Boob McNutt. A utility
infielder on the 1930 and 1931 pennant-winning A's, he became Philadelphia's regular
shortstop in 1932, hitting 18 HR and a league-high 47 doubles. He led AL shortstops
in errors and double plays in 1934, and, after his power dropped off, Connie Mack
sold him to the Red Sox in 1935. McNair was Boston's second baseman in 1937 and the
White Sox' third baseman in 1939, when he hit a career-high .324 with a 20-game hitting
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»January 4, 1936: As the 2nd part of the December 10th deal for Jimmie Foxx, the Boston Red Sox get outfielder Doc Cramer (.332) and SS Eric "Boob" McNair from the A's for Henry Johnson, Al Niemiec, and $75,000. Even with the free spending, and the presence of 20-game winners Ferrell and Grove, Boston will finish 6th in 1936.