It was easy for many cities across America to secure the $1,000 to have the teams play exhibitions for them. When the traveling teams took their tour through the Midwest and stopped in Kansas no one paid to watch the teams play. The small town of Blue Rapids, which had a population of almost 2,000 people paid the asking price. These teams were filled with stars of the day and even Jim Thorpe played on one of the teams. The asking price to enter the game was $1.00-$1.50 and the crowd reached estimates from 3,000-5,000 people, nearly double the town's population. The local economy saw a surge in profits from the game as families traveled to the town to take advantage of the opportunity to see two Major League teams as baseball was becoming America's pastime.