Zimmerman bounced to his feet, scowled at Quigley and began to scream. "Quigley started toward the enraged player," the Tribune reported, "as if to wave him to the clubhouse. For a moment, everyone in the stands was breathless, for they knew that $100 hung on the words the umpire might say. Then they saw Heinie turn and walk to third base."
Before the game of July 3, umpire Brennan summoned Zimmerman to home plate and presented him with the other half of the "split century." Later, Heinie asked the Tribune to publish this:
"I want you to tell this unknown friend, whoever he may be, that I thank him.... Tell that unknown that I appreciate this thing and I'm hoping to send the bill, when I get it put together again, to my mother in New York."
Chicago continued trying to guess the identity of "A Split Century." The July 6 Tribune put an end to the suspense by confessing it had created the entire scheme in order to help tame Zimmerman's runaway temper.
It must have done some good. Not long after he collected his $100, Zimmerman, sidelined with a bad ankle, was coaching first base in a game against the Giants. Umpire Bill Byron called a Cub runner out on a close play, and though Heinie looked at Byron for several seconds, he made no violent objection.
As comedian Joe E. Lewis, who came out of Chicago some years later, observed, "Money isn't everything, but it sure quiets your nerves."