In 1948, Springfield, Illinois was added to the League. This was a fitting choice as Springfield has a long history of successful mens baseball leagues. Springfield was and still is, the capital of the State of Illinois and The city was represented in the Central League in 1889, The Western Association in 1895 the Central League in 1900 and the Mississippi League in 1933. In 1904 the city hosted a game between the Blondes and Brunettes which was the first game in which fans paid to attend and women players were paid. This League was a successful business and it could have offered the city an opportunity to build on it long history of baseball firsts and provide additional business opportunities for its citizens.