A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

NAT

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