Rickey Henderson is consider the best lead off man of all time but from 1981 to 1987 when Henderson was at his peak, Mr. Raines stacks up very evenly. The idea in baseball is to get on base, get around the bases and score runs. Using simple stats and creating a new one (bases accumulated), Raines is in a dead heap with Henderson during this time frame.
TB BB SB Bases Accumulated
Raines 1740 553 504 2797
Henderson 1581 637 568 2786
From 1981-1987, Raines accumulated more bases than Henderson. Henderson holds a slight edge in runs score (780-719). Based on this 7 year period, I think Raines should be in the Hall of Fame.