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Germany joins list of routs on sports' biggest stages

Germany joins list of routs on sports' biggest stages

Germany's 7-1 dismantling of host country Brazil in Tuesday's World Cup semifinal will be talked about for years throughout the sports world and throughout the very international game of baseball -- and not only by Reds Minor Leaguer Donald Lutz, the first German citizen to play in the big leagues, and Indians catcher Yan Gomes, the first Major Leaguer from Brazil.

It was one of the most dominating victories -- and lopsided losses -- in the history of sports at the championship level.

In honor of Germany's seven goals, here's a list of seven of the others, including a 1-2 punch of the biggest World Series blowouts ever:

1. Yankees 18, Giants 4, Game 2, 1936 World Series
Somehow it only took two hours and 49 minutes for this rout to be completed at the Polo Grounds, with the Yankees, buoyed by monster games from Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig and Bill Dickey and a grand slam from Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri, to back Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez's complete game.

2. D-backs 15, Yankees 2, Game 6, 2001 World Series
After all the extra-inning dramatics of Games 4 and 5 in Yankee Stadium gave New York an unlikely 3-2 Series lead, Arizona found it much more comfortable on its return trip to Phoenix, hammering New York starter Andy Pettitte to the tune of six runs on seven hits in two innings and Jay Witasick to nine runs (eight earned) on 10 hits in 1 1/3. The score was 15-0 after four innings, and Arizona didn't even need a home run to do it. The Yankees, meanwhile, didn't have much of a prayer against starter Randy Johnson, who gave up two runs in seven innings.

3. Secretariat wins the 1973 Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths
"Secretariat is widening now. He is moving like a tremendous machine!" The words of Belmont Park track announcer Chick Anderson still ring out over 40 years later as the super colt who set track records in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes did the same en route to the Triple Crown. He covered the mile and a half in 2:24 flat, and nobody's come close since.

4. Chicago Bears 73, Washington Redskins 0, 1940 NFL championship game
It started with a 68-yard touchdown run by Bill Osmanski on the second play of the game and didn't get any better for Washington. It did, however, provide an all-time quote. According to the Hall of Fame page for Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh, when asked if an early dropped touchdown pass by Washington would have made the outcome of the game any different, Baugh said, "Yeah. It would have made it 73-7."

5. 49ers 55, Broncos 10, Super Bowl XXIV, 1990
What happens when you match Joe Montana in his prime with Jerry Rice in his prime and a stout defense playing at the height of its powers? Uh, this, or, as it it's better known, the biggest blowout in Super Bowl history.

6. Tiger Woods captures the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 strokes
The U.S. Open is widely regarded as the most physically grueling major championship in golf. Except when you're Woods in his prime playing at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Tiger carded an opening-round 65, needing only 24 putts, finished the tournament at 12-under, beating Ernie Els (plus-3) by 15, and set a slew of major championship records in the process.

7. UNLV 103, Duke 73, 1990 NCAA men's basketball championship
Jerry Tarkanian's Runnin' Rebels ran all over the Christian Laettner-led Blue Devils and became the first men's team to hit the century mark in a title game. They set a championship-game record with 16 steals and shot 61 percent from the field, making it a laugher. Duke, however, was not laughing, and took the loss to heart for a year before knocking off the 34-0 Rebels, 79-77, in the 1991 Final Four on the way to its own NCAA crown.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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