Rupp misfires, shoots himself in right hand

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:33 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Oct. 19, 1941

Violence in football has been a concern ever since Teddy Roosevelt threatened to abolish the college game in the early part of the century. Certainly it's no less dangerous in the pros, with players being carried off the field. But who would expect an umpire to suffer an injury?

C.W. Rupp fires his gun to signal the end of the first quarter of the Steelers-Giants game at the Polo Grounds. Gun in hand, he starts down the field, when the gun accidentally discharges, tearing a hole in the middle of his right hand. He goes to the hospital, where he will be kept overnight.

Rupp will recover and return to action this season.