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Series: Mel Martin

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The Mystery at the Ball Park by John R. Cooper1
The Southpaw's Secret by John R. Cooper2
Phantom Homer by John R. Cooper3
First Base Jinx by John R. Cooper4
The Fighting Shortstop by John R. Cooper5
The College League Mystery by John R. Cooper6

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Series description

The Mel Martin series combined baseball and mystery elements in stories for young people. It was produced by the Stratemeyer Syndicate with several writer contributing to the texts under the "John R. Cooper" pseudonym.
The first two volumes were published by Cupples & Leon. All six were published by Garden City around 1952. These were reprinted by Books, Inc. In the early 1980s the stories were published by Wanderer.


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