Historian Steve Sirk has delighted Columbus Crew fans for more than two decades by writing with both humor, heart, and humanity about the first club in Major League Soccer. “A Massive Collection, Volume 1” is the first wide-ranging collection of his work, featuring long-lost stories dating as far as back 1997, plus many popular favorites from over the years.
Whether it’s features spanning the likes of Mark Dougherty, Frankie Hejduk, or Josh Williams; surreal moments such as the 1996 pitch invasion or the 2013 scoreboard fire; big events like the 2002 U.S. Open Cup championship or hosting MLS Cup 2015; or even absurdities like an oral history of several players’ 2013 preseason visit to Medieval Times, this fully-annotated collection touches on numerous aspects of Crew history, big and small.
Also among the 43 stories are three features exclusive to the book, including a Crew-focused reflection on club founder Lamar Hunt and the surreal behind-the-scenes story of how rapper Biz Markie became a viral-video ally of the #SaveTheCrew movement.
Like Sirk’s two previous titles—”A Massive Season” and “Kirk Urso: Forever Massive”—“A Massive Collection, Volume 1” figures to be an essential addition to any Columbus Crew fan’s bookshelf.