2017 World Series Mystery – Is Time Travel Involved?

Grays Sports Almanac.

That book tells the future. It tells the results of every major sports event until the end of the century – football, baseball, horse races, boxing. The information in there is worth millions.

And maybe, just maybe, it actually exists.

I don’t really follow sports, to be honest. I got this tip on Twitter, and it’s a pretty interesting case that has the gambling community scratching their heads.

You see, there’s this mysterious Eastern European gambler out there who bet on and won six of the seven 2017 World Series games, raking in a total of $14 million. There were questions earlier tonight about whether or not he’d risk it all on Game 7, but he didn’t. Even so, the odds of winning the way he did are leaving a lot of unanswered questions.

SB Nation tells the full story, stating that his bets were “against the odds so severely that he’s single-handedly changing the lines in Vegas.”

No one knows who the bettor is, except for a few minor details. He’s also known to have placed bets on UFC fights. And he won all of those, too. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say he skipped betting on Game 7 because he was drawing too much attention.

But that still leaves everyone to wonder: How did he do so well with odds everyone considered bad? Terrible, even?

That’s where the Grays Sports Almanac comes in. I mean, maybe. Could this guy be a time traveler? Was he letting his bets ride, knowing the outcome of every move, only to stop once people began asking questions? It’d explain the anonymity,  I guess.

Maybe he’s from the future.

Some, on the other hand, believe our lucky bettor is actually part of a larger group, perhaps something corporate, attempting to manipulate odds. Others that he doesn’t even exist – it’s all just an “urban legend.” A made-up story. I suppose that could be right.

In fact, there’s an old “time travel” case that comes to mind, here.

According to Wikipedia, in 2003, a man named Andrew Carlssin was allegedly arrested for SEC violations after “making 126 high-risk stock trades and being successful on every one.” He’d started with $800 and blew that up to $350,000,000. After he was brought in, he confessed to being a time traveler from around the year 2200. He’d ventured to our time aboard some kind of “time craft,” thinking to make a quick buck.

As it turned out (or so the story goes), his unbelievable tale actually began in a satirical newspaper, and propagated from there. That’s how urban legends are born, sometimes.

So, our gambler could be part of some corporate shenanigans, or a modern urban legend. He could just be really lucky. Or he could be a time traveler.


Rob Schwarz

Writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.

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