A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

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Mon, 3 Oct '22
D.C. baseballer
Mon, 27 Jun '22
Washington, D.C., baseball player, for short
Sat, 18 Jun '22
Jazz trumpeter Adderley
Sun, 22 May '22
Capital player, for short
Thu, 12 May '22
___ Geo
Sat, 2 Apr '22
2019 World Series winner, in brief
Tue, 15 Feb '22
Revolutionary Turner
Wed, 1 Dec '21
D.C. player
Fri, 5 Nov '21
Pro in D.C.
Mon, 23 Aug '21
___ King Cole
Sat, 10 Jul '21
Bryce Harper when he won a 2015 M.V.P. award, e.g.
Sun, 28 Mar '21
Turner who led an 1831 slave rebellion
Sun, 21 Feb '21
D.C. pro