Joe DiMaggio set the record with hits in 56 consecutive games in 1941.
As far as on the field similarities, you would have to go with Cal Ripken Jr. The player who broke Lou's record for consecutive games played of 2,130. Cal's record stands at 2,632.
Wade Boggs holds that record.
Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts.
His record for most consecutive games may never be broken...the active player with the most consecutive games as of the end of the 2014 season hasn't broken 400 yet, and Cal Ripken Jr.'s record is 2,632.
On September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. surpassed Lou Gehrig for the most consecutive games played with 2,131.
Joe Dimaggio holds the record for consecutive games with a hit with 56 games!
Steve Garvey of the Dodgers and Padres with 1207 consecutive games played between September 3, 1975 and July 29, 1983.
Cal Ripken Jr. played in 2,632 consecutive games.