I know this one, I am pretty sure, but only because I was born in Hammond and that was in his nickname.
I too was born there. I can't remember his nickname, but it sounds like you have him. First name?
I was born in Hammond too, at St. Margaret's Hospital. The quiz answer is Bob Anderson. Spriggs, you must have been neighbors with my family, because they grew up in the same area, and I vaguely remember a story about Anderson that was similar to yours. Do you remember any Ferguson's?