Tim Raines got to the big leagues with the Montreal Expos to stay in 1981. An All Star in his first season, Raines hit .304 with a league-leading 71 stolen bases. He finished second to the Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela for the Rookie of the Year.
Raines soon established himself as the top leadoff man in the National League. During his time in Montreal, Raines hit .301 with a .391 on-base percentage. The switch hitter swiped 793 bags for the Expos.
In December, 1990 the Expos traded Raines away. A hero in Montreal, Raines made 7 straight All Star games starting in 1981. He led the league in steals for four consecutive seasons. His run of 70 or more steals from ’81-’86 remains the longest in MLB history.
By the time he retired, Raines had 2,605 hits, 808 steals, a .385 on-base percentage, and a career WAR of 69.4 He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.
Shown here are four rookie cards from that season, each autographed by Raines.