The debut of the Sox new digs on April 18, 1991 and Raines’ first home game with the Sox were one in the same.
Neither the Sox nor Raines, acquired from Montreal the previous December, had a particularly sterling debut in the franchise’s first Chicago home game in a venue other than Comiskey Park since June 27, 1910.
Raines, then strictly being referred to as “Rock” Raines in the park, was called out on strikes as the Sox first batter in the game in which they were waxed by Detroit 16-0.
Raines, mired in a season-starting slump which would see his average bottom out at .106 two games later, finished 1-for-4 with a steal and grounded into a double play as the DH.
Raines was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by being named on 86 percent of ballots submitted by the Baseball Writers Association of America.