Mere hours after the Washington Nationals named a new manager, local genius and longtime City Paper person Dave Nuttycombe sent me some photos from an old Richard Montgomery High School yearbook of the small, tough kid known around Rockville as “Little Jimmy Riggleman.”
Apparently Riggleman, a jocky sort, grew enough right after his 1970 graduation to make everybody drop the “Little” in his nickname.
Best of all, back in Riggleman’s day, the school baseball team, called the Rockets, had an awesome rally cry. The climactic couplet:
“Thunder, Thunder, Thunderation, we’re the Rockets Delegation/When we fight with determination, we create a soul sensation!”
After the jump: Check out the Richard Montgomery team photo (with Little Jimmy circled) and try to tell me that “soul sensation” doesn’t come to mind!