I haven't seen Stand By Me in a million years, but I can see where you'd see a resemblance, but I figure that's sorta what you get in a rite-of-passage movie, whether it's a comedic or serious.
I get all those kids in the majors movies mixed up. And I hate when kids swear, act like imbeciles, etc. And a lot of kids movies toss in gratuitous piles of that kind of thing. Maybe that's why I've never gone out of my way to see The Bad News Bears.
I never played Strat-O-Matic, but I was a rabid player of the Sports Illustrated baseball and football games. I spent many a happy hour rolling the dice in those games with my younger brother. Great fun!
APBA was also a big game back then. I have a friend who still has APBA weekends with his brother. They're in their 60s now!